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“Outstanding piece of propaganda” – Celtic fans slaughter the BBC’s latest piece of succulent lamb

Something that Celtic fans are used to and have been used to over the years is the media’s strange pandering to the Ibrox club.

For whatever reason, they feel the need to bump up the Govan clubs ego with some printed (now published) nonsense and the only thing I am raging about is that I never had the foresight a decade ago to open up Born Celtic to rip the mince out of it.

But even after all that time, even since this new Rangers came into the league, Celtic have still been the dominant team.

Put it this way, the newco has only won two trophies in ten years. If that was my club, I would be asking why the gap between us and them is so huge.

Because by anyone’s standards, a Quadruple Treble and another nine in a row would suggest that the gulf between the two is a chasm.

But not the BBC. The establishment broadcaster decided to interview Ally McCoist where the former oldco striker and newco manager claimed that the gap isn’t really that big.

In fact, to even claim the gap is closing when, factually, it has increased is just nonsensical.

Ally has a decent reputation amongst football fans but coming away with this garbage smacks of him still pandering to the Ibrox fanbase.

He needs to let it go before that club drags his reputation down even further.

Mark Guidi lays the blame for the ticket fiasco in the right place but for the wrong reasons

The Glasgow Derby ticket fiasco has been hogging the headlines over the last few days.

Ever since *Rangers decided to cut the allocation four years ago, the media for some strange reason refuse to lay the blame squarely at the door of the Ibrox board.

They will skirt around the issue and greet about how both clubs need to get together to sort it out but in reality, there is only one club that is to blame for how it all started.

And Mark Guidi laid it squarely at the door of Ibrox. He almost got the story right for the reasons why they did it, but you have to at least give the man kudos for trying here.

Speaking on The Go Radio Football Show, Guidi said, “You want to go back to how all this started it was it was when Dave King was the chairman of Rangers and wanted to find a way of getting more money from season tickets.

And also making sure that season ticket holders were also given both *ld F*rm games at Ibrox rather than moving the Broomloan Road season tickets out the way. So he wanted to do that.

He wanted to look after his own supporters and it is also financially beneficial, I believe. So it’s unfortunate, but I understand where Dave King was coming from, on that.

Celtic then followed suit and it’s then got nasty, in some respects.

So I think we either go back to the way it was with the 7000 for both teams, or we have nothing at all.

I don’t think the seven or eight hundred works. Clearly that there’s a safety issue. So we either go back to one or the other.”

The reason…….

What was the reason again? Oh that’s right. I wrote about it the other day when a Rangers fan OPENLY ADMITTED that it was a decision taken at the Ibrox AGM because supporters were sick fed up with Celtic supporters celebrating at their ground.

Good effort Mark, good effort.

“I know for sure” – Mark Guidi explains Crawford Allan mystery disappearance as VAR causes weekend meltdown

VAR is the absolute bane of Scottish football this season isn’t it?

Ever since the new technology was introduced in November, it has caused nothing but controversy and pain and all at a premium cost the clubs in the top flight.

It got so bad that Crawford Allan made an appearance on BBC Sportsound specifically to target Celtic’s Kyogo Furuhashi over unfounded ‘diving’ claims and apparent offside goals.

In a move labelled by fans as sinister and insincere the head of referees has been strangely quiet over the last few months as his VAR world burns down around him.

But Mark Guidi seems to have offered an explanation as to why he has no showed over the last few months.

Speaking to The Go Radio Football Show, Guidi said, “Crawford Allan who is in charge of referees, I know for sure, he is getting 9-10 phone calls on Monday morning or emails from various managers every Monday morning without fail.

“I think he takes calls and will go into to dialogue with various managers to try and explain with the benefit the weekend which is always a good thing.

To go and sleep on something. To give it 24 hours to settle down and then have a conversation. You would be concerned if he wasn’t. He’s perplexed, I’m sure, at some decisions from his referees, too.”

So basically, it’s gotten so bad, that Allan’s time is being taken up by managers emails and phone calls.

But, unfortunately for him, he set the precedent. He made the choice to appear on a national broadcaster and focus solely on one Celtic player. He now must come out and explain exactly what is going on to improve this situation and how VAR only seems to be benefitting one club in the league.

He does realise how it looks if he doesn’t, right?

The media completely missed Charlie Nicholas’ point today

Sometimes I wonder if the media in this country just play dumb or are actually just that.

Looking at how they conduct themselves with their sensationalist headlines and clickbait garbage, I reckon they are smarter than what we give them credit for. But not smarter in a good way.

Charlie Nicholas made a couple of good points in his column today but instead of highlighting those, the media went with the fear that Kyogo and Hatate might want to leave Celtic over this.

As reported by the Glasgow Times, Nicholas said, “I am mystified with the way Japan boss Hajime Moriyasu has seemingly canned the pair. It really is a big surprise, as I regularly watch Hatate and Kyogo.

“I mean, why did he have them in his squad before the World Cup? He looked happy with them but then left the duo behind for Qatar.

“While he seems to have faith in another Celtic star, Daizen Maeda – which is understandable – he now appears to have dismissed Hatate and Kyogo as squad members.

“So, if Japan coach Moriyasu doesn’t think they are good enough, what level do they need to get to? Of course, as a huge fan of both, I think they should be in his squad.

“Yes, I realise Japan did well in terms of their set-up at the World Cup – but Kyogo and Hatate would offer them so much more quality. Maybe the coach prefers to play defensively and hit on the counter.

The fact that both players are clearly deserving of a call up but are not is what should be in question here. That and the fact that our game has been absolutely trashed by Moriyasu.

But instead, the media in their infinite wisdom decided to focus on an overhyped ‘transfer’ story.

Figures.

Celtic legend shares class Lisbon Lions advice

The Lisbon Lions will go down as one of the greatest, if not the, greatest football team in Scottish football history.

1967 is a year in Celtic’s history that will be told across many generations of supporters as Billy McNeill and Co swept up domestically every trophy available and became the Champions of Europe.

A truly monumental feat that will never be repeated again.

But not only were they great footballers, they were fantastic human beings. And Kenny Dalglish shared a story of what it was like coming through the Celtic ranks amongst these giants of Paradise.

Speaking in The Scotsman, Dalglish revealed, “It was the same when I was 17 (at Celtic).

“Danny McGrain was 18, and we trained with the first team. Everyone just trained together.

They were brilliant with us, like calming you down and encouraging you. They were the Lisbon Lions.

They won five trophies in the one season, didn’t they?!”

The stories of kindness and openness of the Lions will always be remembered and told of those that were fortunate enough to meet them.

I wasn’t as fortunate but whenever a Celtic legend, or a fan for that matter, recalls a meeting with them, just watching them tell the story of the encounter shows you the amount of reciprocal respect there was.

Motherwell manager’s bizarre Celtic red card claim not one fan will agree with

I always find this strange.

How are current serving managers and players allowed to go onto radio phone in shows and football shows and pass opinion on games and refereeing decisions in games that are of no concern to them?

I find the whole thing absolutely bizarre. People like Andy Halliday and Marvin Bartley regularly appear on radio and cast their eye over other clubs business when really, that shouldn’t be allowed.

Surely it’s a conflict of interests?

And this time it’s the turn of Motherwell manager, Stuart Kettlewell.

He was giving his opinion on the red card given to Hibs striker, Youan, for kicking CCV in the head.

Speaking on BBC Sportsound, Kettlewell said, “I tend to think that the striker was fouled in the lead up to it and see if you look at the Celtic players, none of them really claimed for it.

And they are on the attack. You know how to Celtic play, they want to just keep the flow go and they want to just keep playing and trying to attack.

And if you actually watch it back, again the ball falls in a favourable area for Celtic and I think that they just want to progress the play.

So this for me is where the referees can breathe a little bit and just lets see how that move pans out.

I think you’ve heard Ange Postecoglou has been so on this as well. He just wants the game to breathe and he just wants to game to flow.

And I think that if Steven McLean lets that one go and allows the Celtic attack, I don’t think we ever speak about it again.”

Whilst I think the red card was harsh, we will take it. For too long we have been on the wrong end of VAR injustices so it is about time that we received one in our favour.

If I was Kettlewell, I would be more concerned about the decisions that went against his own club against Rangers but then that doesn’t suit the narrative.

Celtic supporting BBC pundit makes brutally honest VAR claim fans have been talking about for months

Right, I’m going to go out on a limb and say this guy will not be invited back onto Sportsound anytime soon.

As VAR hits the headlines once more, the microscope of the media descends once more and as we look at the decisions over the weekend, Jim McInally was clearly fed up with the new technology as he made this claim on live radio.

Speaking on BBC Sportsound, McInally said, “I pay my money. I’ve got season tickets for for Celtic and I would like to know how many people in Scotland, the paying public, actually want VAR.

Because, for me, everybody thought it was going to define the game and and get everything right.

And it’s not just in Scotland.

I mean if you watch English football as well, it’s not nearly getting it right and as it’s just taking away the spectacle of the game.

“I’ve been to five games on the trot here where every time Celtic score a goal there is a VAR check.

“And it just takes away from the whole show.”

I was also at the St Mirren game at Celtic Park when we won 4-0 and it seemed at the time that the VAR officials were actively looking for reasons to chop off the goals rather than use it for it’s purpose.

To spot clear and obvious errors.

The whole system is a joke and requires an overhaul. That and impartial referees but we all know that’s not going to happen.

“He’s a bad player. Dafty” – Hugh Keevins’ incredible attack on Celtic star. His agenda is very clear

To be honest, I am getting sick, fed up of people continually berating and abusing Carl Starfelt.

If you were to listen to people like Hugh Keevins on Superscoreboard every day (and some Celtic fans to be fair) you would think he was the spawn of Raphael Scheidt and not a defender that is part of the meanest backline two seasons in a row.

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The big Swede has come under constant criticism from Keevins and even after being part of a double winning side and potential treble winner, the experienced journalist just can’t help himself but criticise him.

Speaking during Saturday’s Superscoreboard show, Keevins took every opportunity he could to claim Celtic will not win the game but to also take a pop at Carl Starfelt after the big defender gave away a penalty, “Well he’s a bad player for me. He’s always got a big mistake in him. You have regular calls from Celtic supporters who acknowledge the fact that he is, in football parlance, a bombscare.

When it was pointed out that more Celtic fans call the show to defend him than criticise, it didn’t stop Keevins continuing his one man slaughter show, “Yeah well, but he’s given away an absolutely needless penalty kick. Celtic with 11 men and Hibs with 10, this has dafty written all over it.”

Talk about disrespect. And here is where I have a burning issue with this type of language.

If you are going to use it, you need to be consistent with it. I have never in my time heard Hugh speak about any other professional in the game the same way he speaks about Starfelt.

He has a one man agenda against the Celtic player.

He has also falsely claimed that Celtic fans can’t wait to see Kobayashi replace Starfelt in the starting line up, and even that drew an incredible reactions from his fellow pundits.

Keevins is meant to be impartial. He’s meant to offer an informed opinion. The only thing he is informing me of is that he clearly has an agenda against Starfelt and it is one his employers need to address with him.

Keevins and Dalziel slaughter Kyogo for ‘absolute sitter’

Ok, let’s get this straight from the beginning. Nailing my colours to the mast, Kyogo’s chance against Hibs was anything BUT a sitter.

Yes, it was a miss, but to claim that he missed a sitter couldn’t be any further from the truth. Before I explain why, take a look at the chance below:

If you look at the flight of the ball from the first replay you could see it’s trajectory was decreasing meant that it would have been difficult for the Japanese striker to make a clean connection.

Also, the Hibs defender left him a bit unsighted so it was instinctive from Kyogo to try and score with whatever means he had at his disposal. It has worked before, it just didn’t come off this time.

Discussing Kyogo’s miss as it played out live on Superscoreboard, Dalziel said, “I think he’s got to score. I don’t know why he’s chesting it.

I have no idea why he’s trying to chest that into the back of the net.

I’m not trying to tell Kyogo how to score goals but I would be disappointed as a centre forward not to put my head on that and not and put it in the back of the net and I don’t know what he’s thinking.

I don’t know if he’s reacted too late to it. That for me, for him with his class, that is an absolute sitter for me.”

When asked if he was in agreement, Hugh Kevins said, “Yeah, I think that is an absolute sitter. I have no idea why he decides to chest the ball.”

Keevins spent the entirety of the show slaughtering the club and predicting dropped points so it’s not really surprising from him, but from Dalziel, who was a striker himself, those comments are disappointing.

Deranged Ibrox side asks if Rangers could ‘move’ for once rated £100m, FIVE time Champions League winner

As far as laughs go, when it comes to the Ibrox blogging community, they do not half talk one load of p*sh.

From fanciful dreams of spending millions in the transfer market to genuinely believing they have ‘won’ 55 titles and are the most successful club in the world, the levels of delusion and stupidity that surrounds the writers in their sites is incredible.

And whilst they languish under the watchful eye of UEFA and their FFP microscope, one deranged site asked could Rangers sign a Spaniard that was once valued at £100m.

The site? Ibrox Noise. The player? Isco.

I mean where do these guys come up with this nonsense from?

Even if they were not being eyed by UEFA, the Ibrox board are refusing to deal in Morelos and Kent due to wage demands so what makes them think they have the cash to fund this move?

The best part of the article? This: “We’re sure plenty of our ‘enlightened’ fans will mock this article but they would have mocked the same article about Ramsey before we signed him too, because he was well beyond us.

“But sometimes these big signings do happen, and Isco is one prime to prove himself.

“At Ibrox?

“Probably not, but you never know.”

So not only did they have a go at their readership and claim they will rubbish the story, they actually rubbished it themselves in the last line of the article.

There is a great saying that if you give an infinite amount of monkeys access to an infinite amount of typewriters they could write out Shakespeare’s complete works.

I think that this piece from Ibrox Noise disproves that theory.