Monthly Archives: September 2021

“Butchers from Glasgow” – Sevco striker confronted by Sparta fan

We all remember Sparta Prague. We don’t want to but they were responsible for a double humiliation on Neil Lennon’s Celtic in last seasons Europa League group stage.

Two 4-1 defeats made those rounds of games one of the worst results in the Hoops history in European competition.

As *Rangers currently face Prague tonight in their second Europa League fixture, the Glasgow team where met with a welcoming committee.

One fan approached *Gers striker Kemar Roofe and brazenly asked him, “Hey mate. Have you come to injure another goalie? Butchers from Glasgow.”

In reference to Roofe fracturing Ondrej Kolar in last seasons Europa League knockout gave against Slavia Prague that they lost 3-1 on aggregate.

At the time, self confessed *Rangers fan Jason Cundy said of the challenge on Talksport,It’s an appalling challenge.

“They need to throw the book at him. They need to ban him for a long time because it’s a disgusting, appalling challenge.

“The keeper couldn’t play on. He knows what he’s doing, he’s followed through with the studs in his head. I’d ban him for eight to 10 games, whatever they throw at him there can be no complaints.

Let’s hope nothing untoward goes on tonight as the game plays on with the visitors currently losing 1-0 in Prague.

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“I wouldn’t have any fears about it” – ACSOM team choose man to face Frimpong

With Celtic’s injury crisis looming ahead of tonight’s Europa League tie against Bayer Leverkusen, the talk on A Celtic State of Mind turned to who will be the man tasked to try put the shackles on the former Celtic full back?

Host Paul John Dykes posed the question to co host JP Mason and he offered a very concise and balanced opinion on the talented left back, “It’s not the ideal opportunity but it may be a necessity to play him.

He is obviously match fit. We’ve discussed that before. He was playing regularly before he came to us. So he’s not like, way behind in terms of training and fitness and everything else.

I saw a cameo of him against Raith Rovers, it’s very difficult to judge a player on so little minutes.

I received more than a few texts from Celtic supporting friends saying Scales looks okay, good control, wants to have the ball.

So, I wouldn’t have any fears about it. It is a bit of a baptism of fire, but I think he would possibly thrive on it and maybe it could be the night that makes him.

“This could be a night, although his Celtic career’s in its infancy, this could be a night that kick starts it.

There is no doubt that from the flashes we have seen from the new signing, and how highly regarded he is in the Republic of Ireland, Scales does have talent and Celtic seem to have a player on their hands.

But is tonight the night to throw him in?

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“His piece was a disgrace” – Dundee ‘source’ on Boyd ban

If you’ve not seen the Kris Boyd piece about Leigh Griffiths then don’t waste your time reading it.

Instead, read the summation of it here and then you will understand why he is facing a ban from Dens Park by the Dundee chiefs.

It was a hatchet job of epic proportions on the on loan Celtic striker on the day he was about to face Rangers and the first two lines of the piece was tantamount to dark insinuations, “KARMA has a way of catching up with people.

Leigh Griffiths is about to find that out the hard way at Dens Park.

According to The Glasgow Times print edition on the back page, writer Ewan Paton, claims that Dundee have contacted Sky Sports to tell them that the former Rangers striker is no longer welcome at the ground after the Tayside club are said to be furious at the ‘disgraceful’ article written about their striker.

Paton says a Dens Park source told him, “His piece was a disgrace so it wouldn’t be a surprise if we denied him access next time.”

It’s not the first time Boyd has courted controversy and my good friend James Forrest at The Celtic Blog describes him beautifully in his piece about the banning, “Boyd is a professional troll and cheerleader for Ibrox.

He should be viewed in that light.

He should be treated that way.

No club in this country should be credentialing him on the basis of his work. It doesn’t meet the standards of a school paper far less a national broadcaster.

People should stop treating Boyd like a serious media personality, he is very far from that.

And he is 100% correct. Boyd is incapable of showing any impartiality when working in a professional capacity. He simply cannot hide his colours when speaking about football in any capacity and his soul aim is to shock and piss people off.

But this time, with Griffiths, he took it a step too far.

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Griffiths battered with three major SFA charges

On loan Celtic striker Leigh Griffiths made his move to Dundee over the summer in a bid to get away and rebuild his career away from the Celtic spotlight.

As yet, he has failed to make his mark in front of goal but he has made his mark on the pitch but not in the way he had hoped. And now it has led to trouble for him off it.

During Dundee’s 2-0 defeat to St Johnstone at Dens Park in the Premier Sports Cup, Griffiths kicked a smoke bomb that was thrown onto the pitch back into the away fans end where it, thankfully, didn’t cause any injury to anyone in the crowd.

The matter was reported to the SFA and they have hit the striker with three charges:

  1. Disciplinary Rule 71: Bringing the game into disrepute.
  2. Disciplinary Rule 77: Violent Conduct, serious foul play, threatening, abusive, indecent or insulting words or behaviour.
  3. Disciplinary Rule 202: No player shall commit Excessive Misconduct at a match.

If found guilty, the former Scotland striker could find himself on the end of a lengthy ban which will not please Dundee gaffer James McPake, who put his faith in the striker and gave him a chance to redeem his career.

Griffiths was also reported the Procurator Fiscal for his conduct at the match after being charged by Police Scotland for “reckless conduct”.

The problems just keep mounting for the much maligned striker and his SFA hearing will be held on Thursday 14th October.

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“He’s the new Maestro” – Former Hoops players high praise for Celtic star

There are not many players who can be compared to Celtic legend Paul McStay. “The Maestro” was my favourite player growing up as boy and had everything.

Vision, passing, skill, leadership. He inspired those around him and it is just a pity that he had to lead the club through the dark days of the nineties as captain.

Injury cut his career short just as he was about to try his hand abroad but the mark he left on the club still remains.

Current Hoops captain, Callum McGregor, has been compared to McStay by former Celtic player Mark Fotheringham.

Fotheringham was giving his inside knowledge of Leverkusen as he spent time at Ingolstadt in Germany’s second tier.

Fotheringham said McGregor is just as important to Celtic as Florian Wirtz is to Bayer Leverkusen when he made the comparison, “When I was a kid, Paul McStay was my big hero. The Maestro. Now I see Callum the same way. He’s the new Maestro.

“In 20 years from now there will be supporters talking about him the same as fans currently talk about McStay.

“Bayer will be formidable opposition for Celtic. The boy Wirtz looks absolute class and has an incredible future.

“But as far as I’m concerned, Callum’s the same for Celtic.”

McGregor is an absolute class act and the similarities between him and McStay are already there. As he penned a 5 year contract extension, McGregor is set to become the first one club man since McStay but unlike the former Celtic great, McGregor will hope to lead the Hoops to League Championship glory.

A feat that was denied The Maestro.

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Former Hoops striker incredible Celtic praise for ‘good move’

I always felt we never gave this guy a proper chance at Paradise.

Since his £3m move, Patryk Klimala always found himself in and out the team as he played second fiddle to Odsonne Edouard.

Fleeting appearances and irregular game time never really gave the powerful Polish striker much of a chance to make his mark on the team and strangely enough, I think he moved too soon.

Klimala would have been perfect for Ange Postecoglou’s system. A great engine, quick and strong, he would have been ideal for the high press and ‘Angeball’.

He could very well be the genuine ‘one that got away’.

Today, Klimala was full of praise, surprisingly, for his time he had at Paradise and gave the Parkhead some incredible praise in his latest interview from the USA, “I learned from better players at Celtic.

“I came from Białystok as a raw player.

“At Celtic, I gained experience and knowledge.

“I feel like my time at Celtic prepared me to play at a higher level.

“At Celtic, I improved my physical condition.

“There, the game is fast and based on physicality.

“Even before the quarantine, I made a decision that I needed to improve and with the help of the coaches, I did.

“One of the main reasons I went to the USA was game time.

“I missed that a lot. I was frustrated, which is why I made this decision with a snap of my fingers.

“I knew that there would be a greater chance for development here. For now, I think it has been a good move.

And hidden in there is some praise for the coaches at Celtic who he credits with helping him to improve to get his big move.

Yeah, I know. Looks like a laptop is useful after all.

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“My biggest concern is he’ll be gone by 1st January” – ACSOM raises concerns about ‘special talent’

The thing I love most about Celtic fans is that they can spot a player.

Not just any player. That kind of player that you know is going to light up Celtic Park with brilliant football, deft touches and bits of magic that gets bums off seats.

Celtic are synonymous with that type of player.

Speaking on his A Celtic State of Mind podcast, Paul John Dykes was speaking of one such player in Filipe Jota after Celtic’s 1-1 draw with Dundee United at Celtic Park and laid out his concerns that with the Hoops current run of form and state of the club behind the scenes, the appeal of a permanent may be lost on the young winger, “I’ve watched the performance there and yes, whenever you compare players people call you a mug.

I see a lot of David Ginola in Jota. The way he plays the game, the cultured manner in which he plays it. The mazy runs. The fact that he can do it five yards from his own touch line, five yards from the oppositions touchline.

He’s a special, special talent.

But my biggest concern is Jota will be away back home, first of January.

Now, maybe not in the first of January, but we’ve got an option to buy this player and you’ve got to ask yourself why, why would he want to come?

One would hope by then, the club would have sorted out it’s internal issues and would not only become more stable, but look like a top professional club should do.

But then we all know this Celtic board. They don’t do professional.

They are amateur hour except that hour has lasted almost twelve months now.

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Celtic tipped to bring home Treble winning defender

As Celtic seem to be stuck between a rock and a hard place at the moment with regards to injuries and not having the ability to strengthen because of the the transfer window being closed, The Daily Record compiled a number of free agents that the Hoops could look at to sign to make an impact on the first team.

Out of all the names mentioned, one struck me that was tipped for a summer return but, looking at Celtic’s current injury crisis, I’m not so sure would be a god move.

Jozo Simunovic was an interesting player for Celtic. Interesting in the fact that over the five years he spent at the club, he only managed to make 75 appearances. But over that time the amount of silverware he picked up is eye watering.

Five Scottish League winners medals, three Scottish Cups and three League Cups, not to mention out of all those a Treble was in the mix, the Croats medal haul is almost as impressive as the amount of time he spent out injured over his time at Celtic.

The 27 year old spent so long on the sidelines in his Hoops career he sat out 100 games in total for the club. And this is where Celtic’s interest, if there is any, should end.

The club simply cannot afford another player propping up the injury list as most likely Jozo would and even although he would be a free at 27 years old, there is too much of a risk element attached to entertaining this.

Plus the fact it’s the middle to front where the Hoops need to sharpen their focus, they would do well to avoid this move.

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“Less of the b*****d” – Jim Spence’s brilliant reply as he sums up Celtic in one word

There are many words that sum up Celtic over the course of the last few weeks.

Rotten, rubbish, clueless, even gutless.

As the Hoops stagger from one poor result to the next, the Celtic supporters are looking ahead to October with unease as they ponder facing Aberdeen, Hibs and Motherwell away. Any slip ups in any of these games could see the league over before we all get to go trick or treating!

And not to mention the small matter of the Europa League sandwiched in between. The fixtures are coming thick and fast, as are the injuries.

However, former BBC frontman Jim Spence took to twitter to comment on the Hoops performances so far and used a word that took me back to my childhood, “A point at Parkhead is always a very good point, even if this Celtic side are bowfin 😉🕺”

And it is fair to say he wasn’t half wrong. The last three league performances from the team have been ‘bowfin’ and it is difficult to see where the next win will come from.

One Celtic fan did take exception to Spence’s tweet when he replied:

And in true Spence style, he swatted the reply away with his usual wit and charm.

Celtic are set to face Bayer Leverkusen in just under 72 hours time and with the possibility of further injury woes in the pipeline for Ange Postecoglou as he ponders Josip Juranovic and James McCarthy’s fitness ahead of the visit of the Germans, Ange and the Celtic fans will be crossing their fingers and toes that nothing more can go wrong in the treatment room as they hope the Celtic boss can turn around this ill fated form.

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The Sun continues it’s shameful assassination of Leigh Griffiths

We all know Leigh Griffiths has his demons.

His mental health issues have been long documented in the press.

And whilst Griffiths tries to rebuild his career with a move away from Celtic Park, there are some in the media who are just looking to shoot the man down just as he is starting to deal with his mental health issues.

Vital Celtic reported on Saturday about Kris Boyd’s dangerous article where he said Leigh Griffiths was about to experience karma from the Rangers supporters in the home tie at Dens Park.

In this he had the potential to stir up some dangerous rhetoric against the former Scotland hitman and thankfully, his encouraged pile on had no real impact except the usual vile chants from an away support that seems to think they can, well let’s face it, they do, get away with murder.

Next up is Bill Leckie with an absolutely shocking piece devoid of human compassion or understanding on mental health issues in men.

At a time when mental health affects many thousands of men, and suicide rates for people in Scotland at an all time high, people like Leckie and, especially Boyd, should not be using their platform to kick people when they are down.

Leckie, like me, is in no place to tell Griffiths what to do or how to fix his issues, especially when you use crass language and analogies like this, “It may be more painful than a Mitre to the mammy-daddy button on a freezing Tuesday night in November.

“There’s every chance it’ll also unlock a whole lot of other stuff he’s tried to shove down the bottom of his mental kitbag for far too long.

“But when he gets down there, among the rancid socks and sweaty jockstraps, it may change everything for the better.

Totally devoid of empathy and making light of a serious condition that can cause serious repercussions.

Not I am not defending Leigh Griffiths actions one iota. He has made massive mistakes over the last few years but what I will not do is pretend that his mental health has not played any part in those.

Yes, he needs help. And yes it is up to him to seek it. But let him do it at his own pace.

Being attacked in a national newspaper twice in two days is shocking journalism.

Sometimes I despair at people in this profession.

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