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Hungarian press make interesting Messi and Ronaldo comment on Celtic’s Ultras

This was a comment that caught my eye.

There has been much made about the size of Celtic’s crowd on Tuesday afternoon.

Any stadium that can attract over 50,000 fans at 330pm on a Tuesday afternoon should be commended, and quite rightly, Celtic’s fans were.

But not only were the Scottish press impressed with the attendance, so where the Hungarians.

As reported by Celts Are Here, Hungarian media outlet, Nemzeti, not only commented on the crowd size but also commended the Green Brigade, for the atmosphere they created, “The arena, famous for its unique atmosphere, is a great sight even when empty, but like this, spiced by the Celtic ultras, it’s even more impressive.”

“It’s no coincidence Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo also said that Celtic Park has a captivating atmosphere, with more than fifty thousand Scots with their backs to the field, singing and bouncing.

Local journalists have become accustomed to this, but even they stopped writing for a few moments.

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It truly was a special crowd and a special atmosphere and it is little wonder the Celtic players commented that they were inspired to the win by the almost full capacity crowd.

It is clear that a full Celtic Park is something the team missed last season and it seems this could be a vital ingredient if Celtic are to have any kind of success this season.

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Major Celtic site blasted by fans for Postecoglou ‘dressing room’ rumour

This one made for strange reading for me.

In fact let me start this one again. This was an expected unexpected article in the fact that this Celtic media site is famous for regurgitating absolute rubbish about Celtic, but I never once thought that they would run with this kind of unsubstantiated garbage.

Celtic Insider (a camouflage for the much maligned Football Insider media site) has insinuated that Celtic boss, Ange Postecoglou, has deep rooted dressing room issues that he has to deal with after the Neil Lennon fallout.

The fountain of knowledge of all things Celtic, Danny Mills, (yeah, I know) has made these claims in his latest Football Insider article when he said, “It’s difficult.

“Once that sets in, it’s very difficult to change that mindset. If that’s senior players it’s tough to change those sorts of attitudes.

“Whether that’s a personal thing with the manager then that’s a little bit easier to change. But I think Neil Lennon was well-liked.

“However that’s come about, it’s not a good thing. It makes the new manager going in even harder.

Not only do you have to get the players performing, but you’ve also got to change their attitude as well which is tough.”

Hands up if you think if Danny Mills knows he’s talking pish? Or hands up if you think Mills has the inside track and has come across a wonder scoop that not a single journalist in the land has missed?

Yeah. Talking pish right?

And these Celtic fans where quick to call him out on this:

But then, Born Celtic has highlighted many times about the validity of this ‘Celtic’ site and it’s sources. Maybe it’s time those that are signed up to the page just unsubscribe, as every hit validates their Celtic ‘stories’ and earns them revenue.

Just a thought.

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“Bench him” – Celtic podcaster makes bold Kyogo claim

I can’t wait for the domestic season to get underway again. Don’t get me wrong, I like seeing Scotland do well but nothing beats the bread and butter of watching Celtic week in, week out.

And as we look forward to visiting a tough venue this Saturday against the in form Motherwell, Paul John Dykes of A Celtic State of Mind made a bold claim, (or is it offered advice?) to Ange Postecoglou that made me break out in a cold sweat.

Dykes said that he would be looking to protect our star man Kyogo in favour of giving Giakoumakis a run out on Saturday, but how do we accommodate that?

Move Kyogo to the left?

No. Dykes was far more brutal than that, “We’ve got players like Kyogo and Rogic that have travelled thousands of miles and then they’re coming back to training tomorrow to prepare for Saturday’s game against Motherwell.

And I’m wondering, looking at the kind of opportunities, and hopefully, hitting the ground running after the international break.

Is this is an opportunity, would it be a wise move, to perhaps bench Kyogo for the game against Motherwell and introduce the Giakoumakis and give him the opportunity simply because the international exertions?

“But on the subject of this we did get a fleeting appearance from him against Bayer Leverkusen.

He looks like a completely different package, which I think is useful for Celtic. Again how on earth are we going to get him up to match fitness?

I mean I think it’s absurd that we’ve signed a player who, seven weeks later, isn’t match fit anyway but how do we get him to that level if we don’t give him games?

We can’t move Kyogo to the left. I think that much is clear. We can’t move him to the left, he’s far less effective.

We’ve got to play Kyogo through the middle when fit.

But I think when we get the opportunity, and I think Saturday is an opportunity, bench him, and he’s always tremendous option on the bench.”

No normally I would be in favour of resting our top players but only if we can afford to.

We have seen how the team functions without Kyogo and it is not pretty.

Will Ange be of a mind to leave Kyogo on the sidelines in such a huge game? I personally hope not.

Play Kyogo. Get a couple of goals then take him off.

We can’t afford to not play him. We can’t afford to drop more points.

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“Truth be told” – Chris Sutton reviews Postecoglou’s title prospects

Much has been made of Celtic’s title prospects this year and fan opinion on that has swung like a pendulum.

When ‘Angeball’ was in full effect, it seemed the idea of the Hoops winning Scotland’s top prize may not seem so far fetched after all, but then after an injury hit month in September, the Celtic fans hopes where brought back down to earth with a serious bump.

After a shock 1-0 loss to Livingston and a 1-1 draw with Dundee United, the lack of squad depth was has shown that the current Celtic side still has a long way to go yet to prove that they can win the league.

Chris Sutton doesn’t expect them to and in his column, he set out what his expectations are of Ange Postecoglou and Celtic’s title ambitions, “I’m not saying Celtic will win the league this year. I’m not even saying Ange Postecoglou has to win the league this year.

It would be daft to demand it, truth be told, as he walked in to a complete mess and it was always going to take time to put the club back together.

“His remit this season should be to narrow the gap on Rangers and I’m convinced that will be the case.

“Postecoglou is short on numbers but he still has the quality to compete and it’s not like Rangers have been pulling up trees.

But is a challenge good enough for the Celtic support? Can they sit back and allow *Rangers to win this title and hand them a £40m Champions League jackpot as well?

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Neil Lennon sets out surprising future for next management position

You would have thought former Celtic gaffer Neil Lennon would have had enough of management after the shambles and pressure of last season?

After a handsome pay off from the club, Lennon has turned his hand to punditry and so far, has still managed to grab the headlines.

But for now, it seems he is looking to get himself back into the football hot seat and revealed where he sees himself in a surprising admission that has taken everyone from left field.

Speaking to the media, Lennon revealed, “Yes, absolutely. For starters, Israel is a beautiful country.

I have a great affiliation with Israel, with the football, because of the players I have worked with and people I have met like Dudu, friends and colleagues over the years.

“I have a good relationship with Dudu, who is a big agent in Israel, and he brought me lots of players.

“I have always kept an eye on the bigger clubs, like Maccabi, like Be’er Sheva, even Ashdod because we took Efe Ambrose from there originally.

“So definitely, it would be something that I am interested in.

I have always wanted to work abroad.”

It is not known whether or not any of the teams the former Hoops gaffer has mentioned are actively looking for a manager and truth be told, I didn’t bother looking but what fascinated me was the randomness of the country he claims he has ‘always kept an eye on’.

I wonder if he had asked Ryan Christie for courtship tips before this interview?

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Hugh Keevins and The Sun brazenly target ‘paranoid’ Celtic fans in Porteous argument

This will be the last piece I do on this subject (unless Porteous’ red card is overturned today) but I feel this needs to be addressed.

Over the course of the last few days, there has been a narrative that Hugh Keevins has spoken about on Clyde 1 Superscoreboard and The Scottish S*n also covered in a bold article involving Michael Stewarts take on the Ryan Porteous red card.

The headline on that particular article said, “ARMS & LEGS’ Celtic fans’ conspiracy theories over Porteous red in Rangers game shot down by Stewart as ‘deeper issues’ dismissed.”

Except nowhere in that article did Stewart mention the Celtic fans at all, never mind the BBC man apparently ‘shooting down’ any conspiracy theory.

A shocking piece of click bait garbage that, unfortunately, Celtic fans have become accustomed to.

And then there was Hugh Keevins speaking on Clyde 1 Superscoreboard.

Hugh was having none of the the arguments against the red card, which is strange considering it took him a full 24 hours to make up his own mind and then he made this wild accusation about the Celtic fans, “We have to cut to the chase.

Celtic supporters believe that Rangers are favouritised these days by referees in this country.

And that referees go out of their way, if Rangers are in a bit of bother, the referee allegedly sent Porteous off yesterday because Rangers were a goal down and needed a helping hand.

That’s the narrative.”

That’s not a narrative Hugh. THAT’S an agenda. Driven by you and your newspaper colleagues in the hope to halt those flailing readership numbers.

It’s not just Celtic fans that have issues with the refereeing standards in this country. EVERY SINGLE FOOTBALL FAN DOES.

I mean was it not just three seasons ago that *Rangers boss, Steven Gerrard, claimed, “It’s not just today [decisions against Rangers] , it’s been happening for a while. It’s been happening for a good while. I believe it’s been happening for seasons. That’s my opinion, just my opinion.

THAT’S the narrative.

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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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Postecoglou gives update on mystery missing man

The injuries keep on mounting up and Ange Postecoglou’s selection headache continues.

With the Hoops coming into a very hectic and difficult schedule, it did look like one of our injury problems had been solved.

Mikey Johnston had just returned from a serious injury and made his comeback in past Sunday’s 1-0 defeat to Livingston.

The Celtic fans were hoping to see him in action again this week, but mysteriously, never saw his name of the team sheet or the bench.

Ange has given an update on the tricky winger and unfortunately for the Celtic fans, the news isn’t looking too good, “Unfortunately, Mikey Johnston picked up a niggle on Wednesday so he will be out and I’m not sure when he will be back.

For a young player, he really does seem susceptible to injury.

Over the course of his time at Celtic, Johnston has been missing a total of an incredible 414 days through injury.

Granted, over 300 of those was because of his medial collateral ligament damage but this new blow will be very frustrating not only for the manager, but for the player as well.

At just 22 years old, Johnston still has a lot of football in him and may well prove to become an excellent Celtic player in the future, but with his current injury record the club there could come a time where his career at the Hoops needs to be called.

But, until we know the full extent of the injury he has picked up, the jury will remain out on the promising winger.

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Griffiths faces more trouble after Dundee cup exit

Will this boy ever learn? I mean seriously?

The thirty year old striker is in his last chance saloon this season but at least now it is not his off field antics that are landing him in bother this time.

During Dundee’s 2-0 home loss to St Johnstone in the Premier Sports Cup, the on loan striker kicked a smoke bomb that was thrown onto the pitch, into a crowd of Saints fans.

Now let me stress, it was wrong of them to throw it on in the first place, of course it was, but where is Griffiths’ logic when he decided to launch it back into the crowd?

The video of the incident emerged on social media and shows that the smoke bomb was at the edge of the pitch nowhere near any of the playing, refereeing or ground staff when the former Scotland man decided to kick it back into the crowd.

For me, this is Griffiths all over. Reactive and a liability. He is likely to face a ban if reported to the compliance officer which smacks in the face of James McPake, who plucked him from obscurity to give him his final chance at top flight football.

No doubt frustration paid it’s part as the Dundee manager bemoaned his side’s wastefulness in front of goal yet again,

“Again, it is a broken record and I am coming out and saying the same things.

“When you are creating gilt-edged chances, you have to take them no matter what level you are playing at but particularly against better sides.

“You know that when they get a chance they are going to hurt you.”

Griffiths would do well to focus his energy into hitting the back of the net for his new team than the opposition fans.

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“He’s allowed to get away with one excuse after another” – Postecoglou blasted tells you one thing. They are worried!

This was one caller that was speaking without a single hint of self awareness on last nights Go Radio Football Show.

It’s the type of call that makes you wish they would stop because you feel bad for them, but also don’t want them to stop because it so hilariously stupid, you want to see where it ends.

I’m not sure if there’s a listening equivalent of “rubber necking” but if there was, this is it.

This *Rangers fans called the show to complain about the easy ride the Celtic gaffer is seemingly getting and then claimed that when Gerrard took over the job at Ibrox, he was put under pressure straight away, “I think it’s been clear two months into the season, it’s been quite clear to me that Postecoglou at Celtic is going to get a free pass.

I think every time Celtic have lost he’s not been really given a hard time.

He’s allowed to get away with one excuse after another. How many Old F*rm managers get to start a season playing six away games, losing five and not really be under too much pressure?

That seems ridiculous to me. When Steven Gerrard came in he inherited a bang average Rangers side at best and had to change a lot, he was under pressure immediately and if had went six away games winning only one of them he would have been under pressure straight away.

And the guy was serious. Not withstanding the fact that Gerrard got away with almost three seasons without a single trophy, not a single domestic cup won and having to watch Celtic clean up everything in front of him, if anything. Gerrard has been one of the most fawned after managers by their own support AND the press in recent memory.

But it does tell you one thing. As they lurch from one poor performance to the next and as Celtic become more and more dominant on the park, they are worried.

And well they should be!

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