Refereeing Double Acts Dodgy Vision Denys Celtic…

I’ve had time to reflect on yesterdays semi final loss to Inverness in the Scottish cup semi final,that sentence actually hurt i like many was confident that we would be taking today about a fine celtic win and performance ,the game was a good one yesterday a fine watch and celtic played really well first half ,but one stupid decision by the referee Steven mclean and assistant linesman spoiled what could have been a great day for the club,at 2-0 and down to 10 men ive no doubt celtic would have rolled Inverness over in the 2 nd half ,but
for some strange reason well dark forces let’s be honest the officials chose not to give the goal or a penalty when Josh meekings handled the ball from a Griffith attempt that was going in…

Either the goal should have been given or a penalty at least with the Inverness player being sent off,its decisions like these that leave such a bad taste in the mouth ,the what if and the might have beens could have seen us into a final end of may,we can’t change results but had that incident not occurred and Inverness had won 3-2 i would have said fair enough ,but the fact theve got away with one sticks in my throat,ok the player is to blame but if the officials don’t act then he is just going to carry on like nothing happened,Leigh Griffiths said the lad admitted to him that it hit his hand,millions on tv saw it ,the commentators saw it ,replays proved it yet were not hearing much from the sfa about punishment for the officials..

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Celtic today sent a letter to the sfa requesting clarification about the incident and that will be interesting hearing what the numpties at the sfa have to say,i feel it will be yet another under the carpet job,ive had my wee rant about yesterday that’s gone ,a double will have to do its been a good season ,the titles within grasp,the league cup was won ,a semi final in the Scottish cup and several top performances throughout the season from some of our players,notably nir biton ive mentioned the kid several times this season and with good reason ,his calmness in possession of the ball is brilliant never wastes a pass and just looks like he’s out for a midnight stroll,even with a injury he was Celtics best player yesterday…

The team will be disappointed today but it was no fault of there’s ,Inverness might have the scoreline to reflect on but the officials won them the game ,were being spoke about in the media and on the internet as being bad losers ,have to laugh at that one ,I don’t mind losing if it’s a fair reflection of a game but being cheated is never going to sit easy with any of us ,a 2 min stoppage yesterday and video footage evidence would have cleared up the issue yesterday but the dinosaurs in Scottish football wont bring in tv evidence,why not break the mould try it do something positive for the Scottish game…

The corruption in Scotland still exists within the game rangers might be dead and sevco might be in the championship but there poison lingers over the game ,yesterday was a blatant version of these events ,celtic need to push on now in the last 6 games and roll over every one of the remaining opponents if there angry about yesterday the best way to deal with it is to take it out on all the rest,no mercy ….il celebrate the league in a few weeks time

The Scottish cup will be but a memory all in its been a good first season for Ronnie deila and il be interested to see what next season brings ,it looks like he’s intent on staying put for a good number of yrs,i believe we have a fine coach in the norwegian and the fans have really taken to his enthusiasm and passion for the club,there’s many more yrs of celtic domination to come ,sunday was a blip on the horizon of an otherwise fine season ………………


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Next Match

Dundee v Celtic
Scottish Premiership
22nd April 2015
Kick Off 19:45


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William Hill Scottish Cup semi-final

Hampden Park, Glasgow
Sunday, April 19, 2015

(Van Dijk 18, Guidetti 103)

(Tansey pen. 58, Ofore 96, Raven 116)

TEN-MAN Celtic were left frustrated at a controversial refereeing decision as their Scottish Cup dream was extinguished at Hampden after 3-2 extra-time defeat to Inverness Caley Thistle.Virgil van Dijk had put the Hoops in command when his fantastic free-kick found the net in the 18th minute.And they should have doubled the lead on the stroke of half-time when Leigh Griffiths’ goal-bound header was prevented from going
in by Josh Meekings’ hand. Referee Steven McLean’s failure to award a penalty and dismiss the Inverness player left the Hoops players flabbergasted.

That decision took on huge significance as Craig Gordon was given his marching orders early in the second half for bringing down Marley Watkins, with Greg Tansey converting the penalty to equalise.As the game entered extra-time, Inverness struck first though Edward Ofere but substitute John Guidetti hauled Celtic level with a thunderous set-piece.
But as the clock ticked down, the Highlanders won it as David Raven swept home from Graeme Shinnie’s cutback.Griffiths was restored to the starting XI at the expense of Guidetti after the striker had bagged a treble to crush Kilmarnock on Wednesday night.

That was only the change to the team that lined up against the Rugby Park side as Ronny Deila’s men attempted to reach another showpiece and keep their treble dreams alive.
Prior to facing the Ayrshire outfit, the Hoops had been held by the Highlanders, a timely reminder that the champions would face a rigorous examination this afternoon.And it was John Hughes’ side who made the more positive start to proceedings, pressing high up the pitch and looking to take the initiative.

Adam Matthews was forced into an early foul on Graeme Shinnie, presenting Tansey with the first sight of goal from the resultant free-kick, the midfielder firing over from 30 yards.
But, after repelling that early assault, Celtic began to exert control and make inroads into the opposition defence.A purposeful burst from Forrest down the left created some space for Stefan Johansen to power towards the box and only a last-gasp challenge from Gary Warren blocked his final effort.

In the 13th minute, Nir Bitton almost opened the scoring in spectacular style as he smashed a first-time shot from 20 yards off the upright with Ryan Esson rooted to the spot.The Inverness shot-stopper was quickly called into action again, springing to his left to halt Griffiths’ pile-driver.Forrest had been prominent in the opening exchanges, the winger’s explosive pace and movement giving right-back Raven a torrid time.And
another enterprising run from the Scotland internationalist was the precursor to the Hoops breaking the deadlock.

After Warren had sent Forrest tumbling to the ground on the edge of the box, referee Steven McLean booked the defender and awarded a free-kick, which van Dijk brilliantly dispatched via the post.Emboldened by the Dutchman’s moment of magic, the Bhoys set about their task with renewed enthusiasm. A burst of acceleration from Griffiths took him to the byline but his cutback has no takers and Brown had a stinging shot from distance saved by Esson.Still, they weren’t having it completely their own way, with the Caley Jags
showing plenty of fighting spirit, and they could have levelled the match had Edward Ofere not missed from close range after a the ball had dropped invitingly for him following a corner.

The clearer opportunities were falling for Ronny Deila’s side, however, with Johansen forcing Esson into action after collecting Griffith’s lay-off in the box.A raking pass over the top from van Dijk nearly put Commons in, before the 31-year-old was denied by a fingertip save from Esson.Just before the break, the match burst into life again as controversy reared its head. Moments after Warren headed wide from a corner for Inverness, Johansen was played in following a rapid Celtic breakaway.Although the Norwegian’s lofted
shot was pushed away by Esson, Griffiths was on hand to header the rebound on target. A goal would have been guaranteed until the intervention of Meekings’ outstretched hand. Inexplicably, the officials missed it and play raged on.

However, despite their frustrations, Celtic still had an iron-grip on the game as the second half restarted. A crisp, passing move culminated in Commons moving the ball wide to Forrest, who cut inside and saw his effort deflected wide. This all changed in the 55th minute as the Hoops were reduced to 10 men.A lightning counter -attack from Inverness left the Celtic defence exposed. Watkins beat Adam Matthews for speed and was brought down by Gordon. Referee Steven McLean pointed to the spot and produced the red card for the shot- stopper.

Forrest was sacrificed to bring Lukasz Zaluska on but the Polish keeper unable to prevent Tansey levelling the match from the spot.Roared on by the Hoops faithful, though, Celtic battled on. Griffiths headed an Izaguirre cross on target from an acute angle, before Johansen’s audacious attempt from 40 yards brought out a save from Esson.At the other end, Watkins fired narrowly wide and Zaluska made a comfortable stop from Tansey’s set-piece as the game became increasingly stretched and tension mounted.With neither side able to find a late winner, the match entered extra-time and it was Hoops, who fashioned the first chance as Johansen’s scooped pass was met by substitute Aleksandar Tonev, who volleyed wide.

Zaluska then made a smart stop from Ryan Christie’s thumping drive but he was left helpless as Ofere handed the Highlanders the lead. Tansey teed-up the forward following a hanging cross from the left and he made no mistake, rifling a shot into the corner.However, the ten men rallied in adversity and it only took them seven minutes to cancel that out. Brown was sent sprawling by a combination of Ross Draper and Nick Ross and substitute Guidetti, only on the field a matter of minutes, lashed in the resultant free-kick from 25 yards. Cue bedlam.

Ross spurned a golden chance for the Caley Jags, hooking a shot over after Zaluska was unable to claim a cross, while Tonev and Guidetti fired over for Celtic.But with only three minutes left on the clock, Inverness grabbed the winner as Raven found the net from Shinnie’s low centre. It was a cruel blow for the battling Bhoys, who will now turn their attentions to clinching the title and sealing a domestic double.

CELTIC (4-2-3-1) Gordon (Zaluska 56); Matthews, Denayer, van Dijk, Izaguirre; Brown, Bitton; Commons (Tonev 90), Johansen, Forrest; Griffiths (Guidetti 98)
Not Used: Ambrose, Scepovic, McGregor, Tierney

INVERNESS CALEY THISTLE (4-4-2) Esson; Raven, Warren, Meekings, Shinnie; Christie, Draper, Tansey, Williams (Ross 74); Ofere, Watkins
Not Used: Mackay, Vincent, Doran, Tremarco, Polworth, Kink

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Super Sub Griffiths Secures 8 Point Lead For Celts!!

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Scottish Premiership
Celtic Park, Glasgow
Wednesday, April 15, 2015

(Commons 58, Griffiths 65,80, 85)

(Westlake 50)

There can be little doubt that Leigh Griffiths starts the game on sunday against Inverness the hunger and desire he showed tonight against Kilmarnock with his 3 goals makes it a no brainer for Ronnie Deila,that’s 15 for the season and makes him the club’s top goalscorer ahead of John Guidetti on 14 ,the goals have been pretty spread out through the team this season so a lot of pressure has been taken of whoever has played up top ,when you have players like Commons and Johanson , Van Dyk and Denayer adding to the score sheet ,it gives the strikers a bit of help and they can focus on other aspects of their game….

One thing ive noticed about our frontline whoever it is that plays ,Guddetti,Stokes,or Griffiths is the pressing they do high up the pitch and they set a lot of stuff up,Guddetti and Griffith combined on several occasions tonight in the 30 mins they played together ,Guddetti played his part scoring a lot of goals at the start of the season whereas Griffith is finishing the season on good form ,both will now fight it out to see who tops the goalscoring chart for the club come end of may,one thing that’s for sure both have contributed immensely to the title push….

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First half tonight was a bit of a dead duck ,Kilmarnock nullified most of what Celtic tried to do and there was very little for the crowd to get excited about,the weather was nice for a game of footy and probably the only highlight of their trip to parkhead in the first half was the brilliant response of the fans for the food bank collection outside the stadium,at least the second half would be more of a spectacle,Kilmarnock were ahead within 5 mins of the restart Darryl Westlake’s shot from distance deflected into the net of Denayer ,the Celtic faithful were stunned and the team seemed to take it very personally as the performance levels went up a few notches…

Chris Commons brilliant volley flying high into the net in a blink of an eye,at one point the commentators thought it was Brown who had scored as he followed through into the net to retrieve the ball ,but on reflection Commons was found to have struck the crucial equalizer,a few minutes later super sub Griffiths was introduced and within a short few mins he had celtic 2-1 ahead with a lovely little header at the back post,Celtic werent finished yet though Griffith well-known for liking a wee shot from outside the box lashed in a brilliant shot that went in of the foot of the post to make it 3-1…


On 80 mins,the team could have shut up shop then and settled for the points but Griffiths had other ideas as hatrick was on his mind in a few previous games he’s had 2 goals but the hatrick had eluded him not tonight his 3rd goal was expertly taken as he slid the ball past Salmson to make it 4-1 and make the finish line for this seasons title race come a bit closer 8 points clear now with 6 games to go ,the team require 11 points from the remaining games,a treble is a very real possibility with the Scottish cup semi final game on sunday our next hurdle ,with the form of Griffiths he could be the man to fire us into the final end of may ……………….

CELTIC (4-2-3-1) Gordon; Matthews, Denayer, van Dijk, Izaguirre; Brown, Bitton; Commons (Armstrong 81), Johansen (Mackay-Steven 81) Forrest (Griffiths 61); Guidetti
Not Used: Zaluska, Ambrose, Stokes, McGregor

KILMARNOCK (4-5-1) Samson; O’Hara, Ashcroft, Syme, Westlake; Magennis (McKenzie 74) Slater, Clingan, Cairney (Eccleston 81); Obadeyi; Miller
Not Used: Brennan, Barbour, McKenzie, Johnston


Next Game

Inverness CT v Celtic
William Hill Scottish Cup
19th April 2015
Kick Off 12:15


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A New Niche Market for Celtic?


And so the Ronnie deila era began , many years of dominance ahead for celtic, our Buisness plan is sound, under fine leadership on and of the park, we welcome the chase hh

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We have long since adjusted to the economic reality that even the top football clubs in Scotland are no longer able to attract or retain high profile players from other leagues, regardless of their history and reputation, and despite their global appeal, kept vibrantly alive through the Scottish and Irish diaspora.

Given the unimaginable riches on offer elsewhere, Scottish football clubs have had to position themselves as stepping stones to the English Premiership and beyond, or as the school of hard knocks where youth players from the English leagues might be sent to toughen up. We now take that as standard practice and have grown a bit numb to it. It no longer hurts the way it should.

As others have gone out of existence trying, Celtic’s survival instincts have sharpened sufficiently to maximise the few opportunities available to Scottish clubs, playing the market brilliantly and reaping incredible financial returns…

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Top Players Views On Paradise(aka)Celtic Park

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A whole host of football legends have testified to the unique atmosphere of Celtic Park…’Every professional footballer should seek to play at least one game at Celtic Park. I have never felt anything like it.’PAOLO MALDINI The atmosphere generated by the fans in Celtic’s stadium for our visit was the most impressive I’ve ever witnessed.

The grounds of Liverpool and Manchester United are good and the hostile feeling of playing against Real Madrid in the Bernabeu is also excellent, but the atmosphere against Celtic was the best  ‘XAVI.

The Celtic fans are incredible. It is always great to play there.’RONALDO‘The incredible thing was the people.

For an opposition player it is quite incredible. I have not seen a better atmosphere from the grounds I have visited. STEVEN GERRARD‘ This place makes the hairs on the back of your neck stand up.

There is nowhere like it in football, and I can see how the people love to play here and speak so highly of it.’SAMUEL ETO

Football will survive because of teams like Celtic and its fans. AGE HAREIDE (Helsingborgs IF manager, 2012)The legendary Jock Stein declared that football without the fans is nothing, and it is fans who have made the club and Celtic Park famous throughout the world


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Inverness 1-1 Celtic -Tough Outing For Hoops But Semi Final On The Hampden Turf Will Suit Celtics Style Of Play !!

Scottish Premiership
Tulloch Caledonian Stadium
Saturday, April 11, 2015

(Ofere 5)

(Griffiths 3)

Premier league
Game 31

CELTIC (4-2-3-1) Gordon; Ambrose (Matthews 62), Denayer, van Dijk, Izaguirre; Brown, Bitton; Mackay-Steven (Commons 62), Johansen, Armstrong; Griffiths (Guidetti 78)
Not Used: Zaluska, Stokes, McGregor, Tierney
INVERNESS CALEY THISTLE (4-2-3-1) Brill ( Esson 19); Raven, Warren, Meekings, Shinnie; Draper, Tansey; Williams (Vincent 85) Christie (Doran 85) Ofere; Watkins
Not Used: Ross, Devine, Tremarco, Kink

8 games out from the finish line and celtic arrived up north to play a Inverness side who have been going well all season sitting in third position in the league, the Northmen always provide the hoops with a stern test and today’s game was no different , the fact that the game was littered with fouls and stoppages only goes to show the competitiveness of the 2 clubs , usually there is only a goal between the sides at least the fixtures last few seasons have shown this….

The game started at a frantic pace and when lee Griffith scored on 3 mins with a fine finish of the post from a shot from just outside the box , it looked like celtic could settle into the game , but before they could Inverness had scored a equalizer within a few mins , both central defenders Van Dyk and Denayer ended up out of position and trying to clear a shot from the line leaving there back line exposed the Inverness striker Ofere finished the attempted clearance firing the ball into the net, the remainder of the half was littered by stoppages and fouls , there was no flow to the teams play today and it’s probably the blip
the team need to get out of there system prior to the run in………………………………………….


The return of club captain Scott Brown was a welcome one with brownie putting himself about and when tackles were flying the fiery midfeilder was never far from the action  , as the 2 nd half developed you kinda knew there wasnt going to be any more scoring , both teams cancelled one another out and looked like they just wanted the final whistle, a point in Inverness is a good one , 8 points clear of Aberdeen now with 7 games to go the treble dream is still alive, the same opponent will face celtic next Sunday in the Scottish cup semi final at Hampden and the large open pitch will suit celtic more so hopefully we shall see a few more goals…………………………………………………………………………………………………………………

Falkirk play Hibs on the sat so Celtic will know their opponent should they get through…
Wed night we go again in the premier league against Kilmarnock ,games are coming
thick and fast at the business end of the season ,Aberdeen play Kilmarnock today
(sunday 12th april) so a wee slip up from the dons would be good,looking forward
to the run in it’s not often we get the chance of a treble so its going to be exciting hh…….

Celtic v Kilmarnock
Scottish Premiership
15th April 2015
Kick Off 19:45

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Celebrity Celtic Supporters Gallery

Some of the most famous celebrities follow celtic football club from all over the world its always interesting when we here interviews with said celebs and they reveal how there love for celtic came about,ive added a gallery below of some of our very own celebrity fans most people will know about but theres a few unknowns …hh

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Another Giant Step Towards Four in A Row Celtic 2-0 Partick Thistle


Another 3 points in the bag tonight watching the game on a stream isint  always the best but it will do when you can’t get to the game , the bhoys never looked in danger tonight , the last time I watched a stream a wonder goal won it for St Johnstone , and Celtic slipped up and gave Aberdeen some hope but 3 wins since have the hoops on easy street and with 9 games to go we have a 7 point lead with a game in hand, special mention to Stefan Johnson for his endeavour and drive tonight as Captain a goal as well from great link up with John guidetti who has turned provider last 6 weeks taking away from his early season goal feats the big swede has contributed a lot …………

Also  2 fine saves from Craig Gordon tonight when he could have had the pipe and slippers out emphases his worth , this season started with a bit of uncertainty because of the new boss but we can be in no doubt that the management team have the team well on the way to a possible treble, I think Celtic have so much depth in this squad now that the finishing line is near and we can look forward to next season…..

Who knows what the team will look like next season with denayer van dyk and guidetti maybe moving on , but if we can keep performers like Johanson ,Gordon and biton at the club who will attract attention end of season  then we will have  the nucleos of a fine team going forward , we can build on a fine season , much has been said about a player of the year but I can’t call it because there has been so many positives , over the season il let the hacks pick that one , Inverness up nxt Easter week has been good troops hh
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TOP 1O S is where youll find my opinion on all things from top 10 players to top 10 moments,games,goals,managers etc that kinda thing hail hail….

Top 10 Games

1…CELTIC F.C.  6   RANGERS F.C.  2

Sunday 27 August 2000
Kick-off: 1.00 pm | Attendance: 59,476 | Referee: Mr Stuart Dougal (Scotland)


2…Celtic 4-3 Juventus

(2001/02 Champions League group stage)

3…Kilmarnock 1-2 Celtic

Sun 22 april 2007 Rugby Park Nakamura seals the title with a stunning free kick

4…Uefa Cup Final


Wednesday, 21 May 2003

Kick-off: 20:45 (CET) | Attendance: 72,972 | Referee: Lubos MICHEL (Slovakia)

5…Celtic 2-1 Barcelona

Wed 7th nov 2012

Champions League

  • Victor Wanyama 21,
  • Tony Watt 83
  • Lionel Messi 90 +0:37

6…1986-05-03: St. Mirren 0-5 Celtic, Premier Division title decider

7…1967-05-25: Celtic 2-1 Inter Milan, European CupThis is a featured page

8…2003-04-27: Rangers 1-2 Celtic, SPLThis is a featured page

9…Henricks last match…

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SEVCO 5088 aka (rangers 1873-2012 deceased Quiz)

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THE FINAL PUSH We’re at the Buisness end of the season now,after the international break Celtic will try to complete the treble,having won the league cup in march against Dundee Utd,the focus now returns to the Premier league and Scottish cup, we are 5 points clear of Aberdeen with a game in hand and have been drawn against Inverness in the Scottish cup semi final, so it’s all to play for, the only worry Ronnie Deila. Will have is the fitness of players returning from international duty,that burden will fall more on the Celtic team than the rest of the title challengers with Celtics team boasting many international team players,so all we can hope is they all come back fit and focused for the final push… st Mirren are our next opponent on Friday 3rd April,I maybe wrong but I don’t recall a Friday night fixture for Celtic in recent times ,the games against St Mirren are usually very entertaining, and I’m sure the club will be glad to get back to business , Ronnie s roar hasen’t been seen for a wee while so here’s hoping its on view again come the 3rd of…April


On a secondary note if anyone hasn’t voted on the official website yet for player of the year,young player of the year and goal of the season,I’d suggest you drop in on the website and do so,it’s good recognition of the players achievements this season and the event is always entertaining held at the thistle hotel in Glasgow,my personal choices were Stefan Johanson player of the year Jason Denayer young player of the year,and Mikel Lustig diving header against Motherwell goal of the season , so get voting ….. With a few months of the season left to go I’m sure not many Celtic fans would have expected the club to be going for a treble,it’s the good work Ronnie Deila and the back room bhoys John Collins and John Kennedy have done that sees us in this position, the main factor I think has been player fitness of which is at a level not seen at the club in years , also the football philosophy of the coach has payed of bringing back the attacking flair of Celtic teams of the past,as we move into the final phase of the season there’s much to be looking forward too,another trip to Hampden in the Scottish cup final if we can negotiate Inverness, and a 4 th league title in a row ,it’s a good time to be a Celtic fan,best of luck to the bhoys in the final push HH


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Celtic vs Dundee Utd saga Ends With Another Fine Win 4 Games 3 Wins 1 draw 10 Goals For 1 Against..And A Nice Shiney Cup!!!

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    3 Wins 1 draw 10 Goals For 1 Against..And A Nice Shiney Cup!!!
    Before a Ball was kicked I said in an earlier post the law of averages would see us maybe lose at least one of the games against Dundee Utd,how wrong i was the first game ended in draw 1-1 in the Scottish cup a bruising encounter that saw 3 players sent off,and effectively set the tone for what was to follow in the coming weeks in the other games,a bit of a rivalry has been built up between the two clubs and all the games had needle,of course Celtic came out of the ties the happiest with a cup final win 2-0 ,a Scottish cup replay victory 4-0 and a league win yesterday 3-0 …ten goals scored 1 conceded….

    Over the four games 6 players were sent off and a list of offences in the games added to the suspense,at the end of the day Celtic were fitter and mentally more up for all 4 games ,united had a bit of fight in the first cup tie but Celtic showed their class in the following 3 fixtures,with standout performances from
    Commons,Griffiths,Johanson,Brown,Denayer,and Van Dyk……….

    Effectively the whole team played well in the games and i think they will be glad to play a new opponent ,with Aberdeen drawing against Dundee yesterday celtic opened up a 5 point gap in the league with a game in hand ,Celtic now go to St Mirren the basement bhoys on the 3rd of april ,with only a handful off games to go before the end of the season ,Celtic are looking good for the league title,and with a semi final against Inverness in late april in the Scottish cup,the treble is very much on in Ronnie Deilas first season as boss…

    All in all the last few weeks have been great im pleased with the teams progress and the club keeps moving in the right direction,sometimes a wee glance over the city makes things even sweeter ,while the hoops move ahead the tribute act in govan are again in turmoil ,that’s for another post ,today is about focusing on the champions of Scotland and the nations most succesful club Glasgow Celtic hh troops enjoy the rest of the season …..

    SPFL Premiership
    Celtic Park, Glasgow
    Saturday, March 21, 2015

    (Mackay-Steven 15, Guidetti 33, Denayer 45)


    CELTIC capped off their run of four games in a row against Dundee United with a scintillating 3-0 win over the Terrors at Paradise in the SPFL Premiership today (Saturday).A trio of strikes in the first-half from Gary Mackay-Steven, John Guidetti and Jason Denayer put paid to any hopes of Jackie McNamara claiming a victory against Ronny Deila’s side and helped the Hoops go five points clear of Aberdeen in the league with a game in hand.Today’s meeting marked the fourth consecutive game between the sides following their two tussles in the Scottish Cup quarter-final and their League Cup final clash over the past fortnight.The Hoops had emerged victorious in two of those contests, lifting the League Cup in the process, and accomplished that without former Dundee United duo Gary Mackay-Steven and Stuart Armstrong as the pair were cup-tied.

    The new Bhoys were eligible for today’s league clash, however, and immediately returned to the starting XI. Stefan Johansen was also restored to the side following suspension and John Guidetti replaced Leigh Griffiths up front.The Bhoys started on the front foot, keen to carry on their good form against McNamara’s side, and it wasn’t long before they raced into the lead when a good move from left to right saw Ambrose receive the ball on the wing from Brown.The Nigerian controlled the pass and picked out Mackay-Steven in acres of space outside the box, giving the talented winger time to take a touch to set his sights before he sent an unstoppable drive with his left foot beyond Cierzniak and into the corner of the net to give the Bhoys the lead.

    The patient play continued for Celtic, with United offering very little in attack. Any time the visitors won possession and came forward, Jason Denayer and Virgil van Dijk were on hand to break up play and sweep it back to Craig Gordon before the visitors retreated and the Hoops went on the attack again.The second goal then came just after the half-hour mark when precise passing from the Bhoys found Mackay-Steven and Guidetti on the periphery of the 18-yard box.The pair played a neat one-two before Guidetti let fly with his left foot. His shot took a slight nick off Souttar but it wasn’t enough to take it off target and the ball nestled in the back of the net.A string of bad tackles then came in from United and their lack of discipline became their downfall after Paul Paton scythed down Mackay-Steven just outside the box to give Celtic a dangerous free-kick. The midfielder was booked for his tackle but what followed hurt United much more.

    Celtic took the set-piece quickly and worked the ball into the area where it landed at the feet of Denayer. He took a touch with his right to steady himself with his back to goal before rolling the ball beyond Cierzniak with the sole of his boot.It was a moment of sheer class from the Belgian defender and summed up Celtic’s stunning first-half.With the game essentially won in the opening 45 minutes, Celtic began the second-half patiently. United on the other hand were fired up and took possession shortly after the restart.The visitors enjoyed a decent spell of play, pushing the Hoops back into their own half but a shot from distance from Telfer and an effort on target for half-time substitute Ryan Dow was all McNamara’s side could muster.That period of pressure from the Taysiders sparked the Hoops back into life and the Bhoys returned to their slick passing on the edge of United’s area.

    The high pressing approach won the ball back in great areas for Ronny Deila’s side and led to a good chance for Armstrong outside the box but the midfielder’s shot was off target.The manager then introduced Stefan Scepovic for John Guidetti, before Kris Commons and Liam Henderson also replaced Mackay-Steven and Armstrong.The fresh legs helped the Celts maintain control and they continued to sweep forward in search of a fourth.Henderson looked lively down the left and looked in the mood to make the most of his game time. The young midfielder did well to get involved in the play but he couldn’t find the final ball to create a chance for the Celts.Nir Bitton, who looked as assured as ever in midfield alongside Scott Brown, then had a go from distance, as did Efe Ambrose, but neither could find the target.It mattered little for the Champions, though, and they saw the game out in possession before the manager toasted the win with yet another set of Ronny Roars for the Celtic faithful.

    CELTIC (4-2-3-1) Gordon; Ambrose, Denayer, van Dijk, Izaguirre; Brown, Bitton; Mackay-Steven, Johansen, Armstrong (Commons 70); Guidetti (Scepovic 70).
    Not used: Zaluska, Griffiths, Fisher, Forrest, Henderson.

    DUNDEE UNITED (4-2-3-1) Cierzniak; McGowan, Souttar, Fojut, Dixon; Paton, Rankin, Butcher (Dow 45); Telfer (Muirhead 77), Spittal (Anier 77); Ciftci
    Not used: Szromnik, Spark, Connolly, Erskine.

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Celtic 4-0 Dundee Utd Scottish Cup Replay Trebles On !!


No links tonight for the game as uefa have blocked any tv coverage of the game due to champions league games ,so there’s a bit of multi tasking going on all over Scotland with hoops fans listening in on radio or getting updates online…of course that’s if yer no at paradise watching the game ,celtic are playing very well and don’t look in danger of losing the game 20 mins to go and the Scottish cup semi final looks well in site,goals from denayer and Griffiths have the hoops on the front foot ,i thought we would have one blip along the way considering we were going to play united 4 times in a fortnight but it looks like after our fine league cup win on sunday we will be progressing to the semi final of the scottish cup as well….

Of course im listening to the game as i write the post,so who knows ,if we negotiate the game tonight we will only have the league tie on saturday in this saga to come ,you could say we have Dundee utds number after recent results,were flying and dont look like letting up ,nearly wet myself there as we could have number 3 ohhhhhhhhhhhhh wow just after that comment commons bangs in number 3 brilliant what a display from the team ,can’t get any better for the team tonight commons 12th goal of the season ,and he becomes our top goalscorer for the season 1 ahead of guidetti and Griffiths ,i said on sunday commons would win us the cup and he set us on our way,what a good bit of business celtic completed signing commons again….


7 MINS TO GO and were still pressing for more goals this team never lets up,for any Ronnie deila doubters im sure there’s humble pie a plenty since the turn of the yr the team are flying…

2 sendings off stokes and Ryan mcgowan holy shit this fixture is turning into a real battle 6 in 3 games ,no pictures but its a real battle listening on the radio is nuts,2 mins to go big Virgil van dyk makes it 4 yessssssssssss hh


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Celtic lift First Silverware On The Way to The Treble….


Celtic were simply brilliant on sunday afternoon ,ive mentioned the fitness that’s evident in the current squad before ,but with every passing game you can see the teams energy levels are at a high,it’s all down to the managers regime of high tempo pressing of the opposition and all out attack,Dundee utd were quite simply swept aside in the final had james Forrest not missed the penalty it would have been 3-0 ….

Goals from commons and Forrest would win the cup on the day and celtic to be honest never looked like losing,stokes and biton played out their skins ,while broonie and Johanson ran the utd midfield ragged,our goal never really came under threat and big Craig Gordon had a quiet day,it’s the first trophy of 3 and Ronnie deilas dream is part complete,the games to come in the Scottish cup and league are going to be interesting…

A treble is very hard to achieve but i think this team has what it takes,im pleased for them and the boss …i always had a good feeling about Ronnie deila he’s taking celtic in the right direction,the Scottish cup replay will be a tough game but i think we have uniteds number and im going for a similar scoreline on wed night…. HH

Scottish League Cup

Hampden Park Sunday, March 15, 2015

CELTIC…2 (Commons 27, Forrest 79)


RONNY DEILA captured his first trophy as Celtic manager after his side beat Dundee United 2-0 at Hampden today (Sunday) to lift the Scottish League Cup.An attacking attitude and disciplined performance from the Hoops was capped off by goals in either half from Kris Commons and James Forrest to give the team the first piece of silverware this season.Forrest had a chance to grab a double when he won a penalty late on but Radoslaw Cierzniak saved to deny the winger.

The match was a much calmer affair than last weekend’s 1-1 draw in the Scottish Cup but Dundee United still saw a man sent off when Sean Dillon was dismissed for a high challenge on Emilio Izaguirre. Celtic made just one change to the team following last weekend’s draw with United and reintroduced Kris Commons in place of James Forrest on the right wing.The Bhoys started the match the brighter of the two sides and looked comfortable in possession, stroking the ball about patiently in search of an early opening.

Virgil van Dijk almost put the Bhoys in the lead inside the first two minutes when he rose well to meet a corner from Anthony Stokes from the left but the United defence cleared the ball on the line.Leigh Griffiths’ dogged determination then carved out another chance from seemingly nothing when he intercepted a slack back-pass from Callum Morris to Radoslaw Cierzniak in the United goal and rounded the keeper, but his shot hit the side netting from a tight angle.

Jackie McNamara’s side threatened at the other end early on too after they won a free-kick on the edge of the Celtic box but the Hoops dealt with the set-piece from Paul Dixon and cleared the danger.Commons seemed to be relishing his return to the side and as the match wore on he began to pop up in pockets of space around the United box. The attacker had couple of shots from distance which were off target but were an indication of his intent.

The Celtic star then came good on those threats and put the Hoops into the lead in emphatic style just before the half hour mark.Stokes picked up the ball in space on the left and crossed into the box but the United defence played the ball straight back out to the Irishman. The attacker readjusted his sights and played a lower cross into the middle to find Commons, who hit an effort at goal, which went through the legs of Jaroslaw Fojut only to be fantastically saved by Cierzniak in goal.

The keeper’s efforts were in vain, however, as the ball landed back at the feet of Commons, who made no mistake at the second attempt and hammered the ball beyond the outstretched goalie.The Terrors were a man down at the time as their captain Sean Dillon received treatment off the park but he soon returned to the action.Celtic went on the hunt after the restart and had United on the ropes.

Callum Morris had to think fast to thwart Griffiths in the box before he pulled the trigger, and then Ryan McGowan was booked for a late tackle from the side on Scott Brown. Commons then forced another great fingertip save from Cierzniak with a shot from the right before Ryan Down threatened with a header on the end of a long throw from McGowan at the other end as the match sparked into life again.Cierzniak was called into action again by Commons just before half time when the attacker controlled a ball cleared from a Stokes’ corner but his shot on the half volley was straight at the keeper.

The United players came out for the second half and drove forward from the restart. McNamara’s side won a corner straight away but Celtic cleared.Stokes then went close to setting up Griffiths at the other end but the winger’s cross was just inches ahead of the Celtic striker. United then sat back in their own half to soak up the Hoops pressure but their game-plan took a blow on 55 minutes when their captain, Dillon, was shown a straight red card.

The defender was caught out of position up the pitch and slid in late on Emilio Izaguirre in midfield in an attempt to get a foot on a loose ball. but his tackle was high and hard and caught the Honduran square on the ankle, leaving the left-back writhing in agony and the referee with no other option.Paul Paton then left Efe Ambrose on the deck as the nature of the game threatened to boil over but Celtic remained composed.With United a man down, Celtic began to turn the screw and focused much of their play down the left wing.

Johansen almost got on the end of a trio of crosses from the left flank but Fojut did well to clear on each occasion in the absence of his captain. United were on the rack, however, and it seemed like only a matter of time before Celtic would score again.Ronny Deila brought James Forrest and John Guidetti into the action in place of Commons and Griffiths as he sought the second goal to kill the game. That strike almost came from a Celtic corner when Jason Denayer rose to meet the ball in but his header went over Cierzniak’s bar.

The deciding goal wasn’t far away, though, and it was substitute Forrest who grabbed it for the Bhoys.The Hoops drove forward down the right through the Scotland winger and he played a ball out to the left to find Johansen in the box. He was forced wide but managed to shift the ball back in to Guidetti who, with his back to goal, spotted Forrest in space 20 yards out. The Swede laid the ball off for the attacker who showed no hesitation before curling a ball into the net beyond Cierzniak.

The strike signalled the end of the brief United revival which had preceded it and the winger had a chance to get on the score-sheet again moments later when Celtic won a penalty after he was dragged down in the box by Paul Dixon.The playmaker stepped up to take the spot-kick but Cierzniak stuck out a leg to thwart the winger.The day truly belonged to Celtic, however, and their overall play, discipline and attitude got them the win they deserved and Ronny Deila’s first trophy as Hoops manager.

CELTIC (4-2-3-1): Gordon; Ambrose, Denayer, van Dijk, Izaguirre; Brown, Bitton (Henderson 83); Commons (Forrest 69), Johansen, Stokes; Griffiths (Guidetti 69). Not used: Zaluska, Scepovic, Fisher, McGregor.

DUNDEE UNITED (4-3-3): Cierzniak, McGowan, Dillon, Fojut, Dixon; Paton (Erskine 70), Butcher, Rankin; Dow, Morris, Bilate (Anier 59). Not used: Szromnik, Telfer, Connolly, Spittal.

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30 mins to kick off Celtic V Dundee Utd League Cup Final thoughts HH

Sunday 15th March 2015

League Cup Final

Celtic v Dundee Utd

Were just recovering from a fiery Scottish cup quarter-final between Celtic and Dundee utd last weekend ,3 sendings off ,tackles flying ,irate managers and players,refereeing mistakes and a decent football match despite all the furor,1-1 it ended and the 2 will lock horns again on Wednesday night 18th march at parkhead,whatever your view on the sendings off all that matters for us Celtic fans is big VVD is free to play in todays final…

The contests between ourselves and Dundee utd are taking over the month of march ,up next is todays league cup final and bhoy am i looking forward to the game,the familiarity may become an issue but we need to take each game as it comes ,win the cup final today and just move on to the next one ,a solid base to a treble could be achieved today with a win at Hampden ..

Cup finals don’t come around to often and this one has mixed fortunes for the hoops losing more than theve won ,todays game will be a bruising encounter im sure there seems to be a bit off needle between the clubs and it can be good to spice things up,on the pitch we need to stay composed though and not be losing any players to silly challenges ,be professional and remember what this trophy means to the club and the fans..

Ronnie deila will have the team well-drilled and prepared for the job ahead ,of course today we wont have the services of Stuart Armstrong and Gary Mckay Stevens who are cup tied so the guys who come in will have to fit in to the way the teams been operating last few weeks ,if Nir Biton is fit he will no doubt be joined by Scott Brown and Stefan Johanson in the engine room..

Building a team around these 3 players is whats made Celtic such a force this season and with Virgil Van Dyk and Denayer at the back and Craig Gorden in goals the nucleus of a fine side is in the making ,even if it is till the end of the season,up top i think Ronnie Deila will play Griffith from the start with Guidetti on the bench ,il take any win today just to get over the line and im not seeing an open final ,probably very cagy and im predicting a 2-1 celtic win ….

The man I think can win the cup for Celtic  is Kris Commons I believe he will get on the score sheet today he’s never far from the action and if he’s on song could be the difference between the sides ,it’s a one-off game and anyones game ,lets just hope for a good final and to be entertained ….

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So ‘The Dave King ‘And The 3 Bears Era Has Begun!!


So the Dave King three bears era has begun ,and like the last 3 tenures already the mistakes made previously are arising again ,do they ever learn …the team on the park are woeful drawing there last 2 games since the takeover all the talk about a new dawn is pie in the sky,even a new manager in Stuart mccaul can’t lift the govan gloom,Hibs have already opened up a 7 point gap even though sevco have 2 games in hand will they win them…

They play hibs next weekend …lose and it might be just too much to win second spot,Hearts are closing in on the title and hibs are determined to follow their rivals back to the premier league,sevco will be left in the championship for another yr,so much for winning back to back promotions ..

On the park the problems are clear the team is rubbish to many prima donna and hangers-on ,20 million King claims to be bringing to the table,lets just break that down ,the stadium is falling apart the pitch is a disgrace,they still owe Mike Ashley money and probably others we don’t know about,Murray park and the Albion car park are both in disrepair ,all this before they can spend a penny on a player…

Dave King has backed a dead donkey sevco were at the point of no return back in 2012 under Charles Green,its got that bad that fans have been called upon to take up tools and repair the sinking ship all led and promoted by a bigot and racist on twitter who started recruitment ,will they ever learn associating themselves with unsavoury individuals like that…

THE co-ordinator of a volunteer army of tradesmen to refurbish Ibrox has stepped back from his involvement after becoming the latest high profile Rangers fan to be embroiled in a row over racist material.


Also the Chris Graham recruitment to the board for all off 3 days till all the nasty stuff about him comes out and he resigns and goes into hiding ,then there’s the bigot and bomber who targeted Neil Lennon and other prominent figures back in 2012 showing up at ibrox and lording it up ,that’s 3 individuals who in the space of a week have thrown more mud on sevco….



Rangers 1873-2012 are a newspapers wet dream there’s news every day,scandal,comedy,etc…i cast a thought to that mob every once in a while there so irrelevant to me now,my club Celtic are so far ahead of them there but shit on a shoe ,i used to want them just to expire but ive come more to realise last few yrs there suffering is there penance for their crimes in the last 25 yrs…

All the cheating,all the tax evasion all the lies,all the false titles and cup wins …let it go on i get a good laugh on a daily basis keep up the good work sevco and mr king well done to you hh

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Sevco5088 Rewind”Sevco Conundrum Mud Sticks”

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Sevco Conundrum Mud Sticks

In recent months ive found myself writing less and less about sevco,i kept asking myself why … i bored off the whole affair after all its taken up my thoughts for the last 18 months ,i quickly began to realise that like that niggly pain you sometimes get form a old sports injury or mishap down the years it doesnt quite go away…and it rears its ugly head again at some point just to remind you hey im still here,now this is just like whats happening all over again down govan way..
sevco will have you believe that alls well and there on the road to some kind off recovery,well this couldn’t be further from the truth..there burning money again like big time texas gamblers the players might be different but the results will be the same,this pariah club who…

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Sevco5088’Pain-No Gain’

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The news coming out of ibrox park on Thurs evening 24th april was nothing new sevco5088 are again on the brink of oblivion ,well the first time for this particular club big brother rangers 1873-2012 died in 2012 ,the newco have been bumbling along for the past 2 and a half yrs from one tragedy to another….they still cant get their house in order ,major shareholder and alleged crook sandy easdale has claimed he very worried about the position of sevco ”’is it the club your worried about mr easdale or the large amount off wonga that’s your concern…
Listen guys like this are 2 a penny in my estimation, there all charlatans none of them care about sevco or the fans who like to believe there following the same club they did pre-liquidation,Craig whyte came followed by Charles green and both are chasing sevco for millions,as a normal…

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