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23 Oct 2018 00:14:14
Oh F**k, Brendan's off to Spartak Moscow now!


1.) 23 Oct 2018 07:31:45
They really don't want him here do they lol.

2.) 23 Oct 2018 22:41:00
It's really just becoming white noise now, he'll be linked to every half decent team on Earth from now to 10IAR.
They'll probably have him as Stevie G's successor when the messiah gets 'resigned'.



13 Oct 2018 11:18:58
There we go, Brendan's off to Newcastle now!


1.) 13 Oct 2018 12:37:53
If BR feels like he isn't being backed at Celtic, Newcastle would be even worse. Only, they aren't even a top side in their league. Villa was more realistic and I laughed that one off. I think we'll all just have to get used to BR being linked with every single English job.

2.) 13 Oct 2018 12:51:20
Eventually he will leave and the press will celebrate that they got one right.

3.) 13 Oct 2018 13:52:43
this love affair with Steven Gerrard and Rangers that the Scottish media seem to be having will not last for long. They seem to be trying their hardest to upset the Celtic dressing room and back room at present. Its not just the constant media attention on trying to get Brendan a new job, it impacts on our ability to recruit. Who will come to work with BR and improve as a player under his guidance if they feel he will be gone 6 months after signing.




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30 May 2019 22:39:37
Hi K72, I'm going to start a new post in case you missed this response to your last post. Ronnie Deila was an imaginative appointment. He introduced a modern dietary program but couldn't beat a Sevco team full of diddys that struggled to get promotion. Do we not have a good coaching structure at the moment? Can you tell me how many players have come through the Celtic academy that are currently playing professionally? You say that Rogers is a good coach. I don't dispute that but what I do dispute is your unsubstantiated claim that Lennon is not. You said that he has done nothing in the last three months to think he has evolved as a coach. He has worked with Rogers players and achieved a win ratio of 71.4%. Roger's only managed a win ratio of 69.82% with the same players. In Lennon's first spell at Celtic, his win ratio was 70%. That's also better than Rogers win ratio but when Lennon did that, he was working with a fraction of the budget that Rogers had. In summary, that means Lennon is better at winning games than Rogers and that's why he got through the group stages of the Champions League and Rogers failed to do it. If you want a real headline, Neil Lennon beat Barcelona 2-1. Rogers got pumped 7-0. Now, I'm case this has escaped you, I'll explain what I've just done. I've put forward an argument with facts to back it up. You, by contrast, have spouted unsubstantiated pish attacking our manager and I find it difficult to comprehend why a Celtic fan would do that. Perhaps you could explain that to me.


1.) 31 May 2019 00:22:37
Now that's a post well said coy excellent.

2.) 31 May 2019 05:43:16
Your figures can't be argued against but be honest we have stumbled over the line, and more against lawell appointing without speaking to anyone else surely should have alarm bells ringing along with offering Izzy and beating the drum for Lustig, you can use your imagination with some sort of structure and plan in mind, so you can swear accuse whatever you like my friend so maybe I'm a bit quick to have a go but doesn't look if he does accept it he is going to surround himself with people who would give fresh ideas and surely Football has changed dramatically in last 5 - 10 years especially recruitment which is key and looks as if the way lawell worded his statement that Lennon would be managerand recruiter, and that's not showing imagination.

{Ed001's Note - sorry but anyone using stats such as win percentage over such a small period of time has not got a single solitary clue about statistical analysis. Was it 14 games he managed? That is a tenth, at minimum, of the number of games you would need before you can draw any kind of fair comparison. Otherwise there are far too many potential anomalies which can affect the numbers for them to be any true reflection of what is happening. People like COYBIG really shouldn't quote stats if they are going to be so blatantly abusing them without any context even. It is not even like the difference is such a huge one that it is of any relevance anyway.}

3.) 31 May 2019 06:24:27
He also quoted stats from his previous spell which was more than 14 games, maybe reply to his full statement to make it fair.

{Ed001's Note - again irrelevant as the difference between the numbers is over such a small number of games that only a huge swing would be relevant. A smaller than 1% difference over thousands of events would be relevant, but we are not talking thousands, we are talking of a lot smaller number and so not relevant. Even a large swing could be easily put down to anomalies unless it happens over a much larger number of events. But less than 1% is utterly irrelevant.}

4.) 31 May 2019 06:38:04
But what it shows Lennon can't be that much of a bad choice as many are making out.

{Ed001's Note - no it doesn't, as it does not include context. How many of those games were actually played in a competitive league, for example? The competitiveness of the SPFL has improved, not just with the return of Rangers, but also with the likes of Kilmarnock under Steve Clarke becoming a decent side. Also the players available etc make a difference. The numbers literally tell you nothing on their own.}

5.) 31 May 2019 07:26:11
Out of curiosity, any stats on his time as manager at Hibs, as that was his most recent job as manager before taking over as Celtic manager?

6.) 31 May 2019 07:59:15
Cory it doesn't matter about stats, the brass tacks is that Lennon was offered the job without competing with any other candidates, and I don't think he had earned that right that's all mate. But I suppose the blame for that isn't with Lennon but Lawell.

7.) 31 May 2019 09:15:50
I think the way Rodgers left has left a lot of people looking for ways to discredit his achievements, but if you go back a year and were to have a poll of the fans asking whether they wanted Rodgers or Lennon as manager I think the result would have been fairly one sided in Rodgers favour.
What has disappointed me about the Lennon appointment is not the man himself but the fact that the club should be aiming for the best possible manager they could find, the fact that they didn't even seem to look for anybody else just shows how cheapskate this board is.
I hear people say that it was Rodgers players and Lennon shouldn't be judged because of that, but When Rodgers took over 3 years ago he improved the standards of the players who were already here, look at the likes of Forrest, McGregor, and even Scott Brown.
The football in the latter days of Rodgers tenure was becoming a bit stale, but I believe we should have tried to find a more progressive coach who could have carried on Rodgers work with a fresh eye. This appointment just looks lazy and cheap.

8.) 31 May 2019 07:14:25
He also had a much better record in Europe like coybig said.

{Ed001's Note - that's fine, I am not saying that Lennon is bad or anything, just saying those numbers are useless on their own and tell you nothing.}

9.) 31 May 2019 07:17:43
And as the old saying goes you can only beat what's in front of you. Rodgers first season was incredible but let's not beat around the Bush league is still poor, even us this season with injuries, manager leaving and not playing how we should (even before Lennon came in) we still won the treble.

10.) 31 May 2019 07:43:32
So was the champions league competitive?

{Ed001's Note - what difference does that make? Again the numbers are too small for a win %age to matter. I was merely pointing out that you need to add some context to get any kind of analytic value from the numbers. I was not suggesting that it makes a difference to whether Rodgers or Lennon is better or worse than each other, just saying you need more information to get anything from the numbers. You clearly do not understand statistical analysis and this is going right over your head, but you need more information than merely one set of numbers.}

11.) 31 May 2019 08:51:59
Ed001 bang on the spl then and now is night and day in comparison. We actually have a competitive league now below us killie Aberdeen etc are playing to their strengths now through youth and loans and it’s paying dividends. As for the comparison in Europe that’s ridiculous these teams are going from strength to strength every year the financial rewards are so great that everyone else is being left behind.

12.) 31 May 2019 08:53:54
Ed001 is absolutely correct. But I admire COYBIG's attempt to raise the game and the idea of offering support for one's argument shouldn't offend Ed001's empirical sensibilities.

{Ed001's Note - yes it should offend them because he has not offered support, he has offered irrelevant numbers.}

13.) 31 May 2019 09:45:26
I could have achieved a 70% win record with the old club not in the league.

14.) 31 May 2019 10:20:27
To be fair, I'm sceltical of Lenny - due to mistakes/ coaching philosophies he's used in the past.

There is no doubt the guys a fan through and through and lives and breathes the club. It's fair to say he knows what the fans want and with that knows the expectations required.

I remember when Lenny left first time round I was gutted. His football could be poor at times, but on his initial seasons when he was supported and backed by the board there was some great attacking football played. His European record was good but not great. He was willing to adapt tactics to win games (something rodgers lacked on the European stage) . Lennys team last time round began to dry up through the lack of reinvestment from the board, players being sold and not giving adequate funds to replace. The football was becoming dire. Similarly to what had happened to Rodgers.

I don't know why the board let our teams go stagnent rather than constantly updating and enhancing the team yearly. We tend only to do this in 3-4 year cycles.

Also we have all heard of Lenny not being as concerned as much about players diets, players lifestyle decisions and strict fitness regimes. I believe if this is the case his attitude towards this needs changed - hopefully Diela and Rodgers left that legacy at the club. I think if Lennon is given 'serious' money (15+ - Scottish football) this transfer window and told improve this team, along side him holding the philosophy of fitness, domination of possession and with his own attacking flair of attack we should be in for a good season.

I am cautious that if as much as one of these things are lost: fitness, possession, attacking football or lack of investment. We could be seriously jeopardising 10 in a row.

As most celtic fans no matter what we need to get behind him and the bhoys and show them we believe.

15.) 31 May 2019 10:13:46
We didn’t stumble over the line, we won the league by 9 points. That’s the same winning margin as the previous year and is comfortable in anyone’s book. As for appointing Lennon without speaking to anyone, it looks as if the decision had already been taken but why they chose to delay the announcement, I’m not sure but it certainly shouldn’t ring alarm bells unless you’re looking for excuses disagree with his appointment. Izzy is actually leaving the club so again, concern about nothing but Neil Lennon is far better qualified than any of us to make judgements about the playing or the coaching staff. If you have concerns about Lennon’s recruitment, look to VVD, Wanyama, Forster etc. as before, no valid points to support any argument against Neil Lennon being appointed.

16.) 31 May 2019 10:59:56
Looks guys all I'm try to show is people atm are looking for a reason to go after Lennon. People are blaming the board or who ever for the appointment. And saying we didn't look at anyone else as there where a few statements released saying he was the only man for the job. maybe they did interview others or look at others but what good does telling people that. Maybe they are just trying to show support for Lennon. But no one knows for sure, its all speculation. Lennon wasn't my first choice either but give him a chance. He didn't exactly do a bad job last time. I can see 1 or 2 bad results at the start of the season and vultures will be swarming. If we don't do 9 or 10 it won't because of Lennon it will because the board haven't backed him.

{Ed007's Note - People don't need to look for a reason to go after Lennon, the reasons are staring everybody in the face except some people are blinkered by wee green lovehearts & shamrocks.
We all know that nothing's ever Neil Lennon's fault, he's already blamed the fans and the players for his failings over the last couple of months and when it goes t1ts up his fanboys will be on to blame the board, the SFA, Masons, Craig Whyte, the SFA, Brexit, UEFA, NATO, SCIAF.... but just like his embarrassing cup defeats during his last tenure (getting beat at home to Morton being a particular highlight), Bolton's relegation, the bust up at Hibs with players while they sat in 8th place in the league with 7 wins from 22 games - none of it will be Lennon's fault.
You're already getting your excuses in and he hasn't even taken the job yet.}

17.) 31 May 2019 11:30:24
And your already slating him and he hasn't got the job. We don't know what went on at hibs behind the scenes again it's all speculation. And Guardiola couldn't of helped Bolton. His mistake with Bolton was going there in the first place. Again I would of preferred a bilic or bielsa but I think people are over reacting at Lennon getting the job.

{Ed007's Note - I slated him when he was here last time and absolutely nothing has happened since he left Celtic to show that he has improved as a manager or as a coach.
Neil Lennon overstepped the mark at Hibs on numerous occasion, threatening a player was the final straw and it cost him his job, both parties lawyers worked on an NDA and it was agreed that Lennon would leave by mutual consent - that's just PR jargon for we've agreed not to wash our dirty laundry in public.
I'll use an old Fairhill proverb for his reason for taking the Bolton job even though he knew they had major problems on the horizon - The wee head rules the big head.}



25 May 2019 10:27:56
Can't believe I've got the orange walk passing my house on cup final day. Whoever sanctioned this needs their head examined. Those morons will be full of hatred and alcohol by this evening. Wherever you are today, stay safe lads.


1.) 25 May 2019 10:41:12
It's there cup final the saddos.

2.) 25 May 2019 11:54:44
COYBIG that's my worst nightmare. They are hypocrites especially in their Dumbarton lodge. Preach vile hatred then go home to catholic wives etc.

3.) 25 May 2019 12:49:12
They try everything in their power to disrupt our way of life COYBIG. They really are a different breed.
Anyway let's enjoy our day and pray everyone stays safe.
Hail Hail.



21 May 2019 18:33:22
Got involved in this one over on the Sevvies site and I wondered how the rest of you sit on this one. The SFA took Steve Clark away from Kilmarnock when they're currently in their most successful period for more than 50 years. As an association, I would say they have a responsibility to keep our teams as competitive as possible which in turn makes our league more competitive. For that reason, I don't think they should be taking a successful manager away from a member club. For me it simply demonstrates that their influence is destructive to our game. They charged Broony with not acting in the best interests of Scottish football. In my opinion, they should now be facing those charges. Thoughts anyone?


1.) 21 May 2019 18:43:45
As much as I have no interest in the sfa that’s a ridiculous post bud.

2.) 21 May 2019 19:14:28
So let me get this right COYBIG you’re saying the SFA should NOT appoint a success manager?

3.) 21 May 2019 19:15:47
A blind man could see that Clarke was best man for the Scotland job mate.
For once the sfa have got it right and kept a good manager involved in Scottish football.

4.) 21 May 2019 19:22:15
Cant see your logic there mate, a think he was leaving kilmarnock anyway for family reasons but the sfa are entitled to go for whoever they want. Personally I don't like international football so I shouldn't really have an opinion but I think clarke has just taken his last managers job, scotland will ruin his reputation, well maybe he'll end up back at killie.

5.) 21 May 2019 19:36:18
The bottom line is Kilmarnock will probably go downhill from here after progressing into a top three side, capable of taking points off ANY SPL team and be replaced by another Lee McCulloch or Allen Johnston type who will possibly undo all the good work done before?
I don't think the SFA forced Clarke to leave or if Kilmarnock had tried to extend his stay, but he seems to have made his own mind up for personal reasons and for those of you that follow International football, I suppose it's light years better than EBT McLeish.

6.) 21 May 2019 19:50:00
Great appointment for Scotland
Here to a major finals
It’s been a while
Scotland for the World Cup!

7.) 21 May 2019 19:56:02
Ok, doesn’t sound like i’m getting much support for this. My point is they should be looking for someone who’s either out of work or from another association. I don’t think they should’ve sacked Strachan as he he came close to qualification which is probably about as good as we can expect.

8.) 21 May 2019 20:08:33
Ok Coybig let's go for Alex Mcleish.

9.) 21 May 2019 20:21:31
COYBIG they should be looking for the best they can get no matter what job he's in IMO.

10.) 21 May 2019 20:51:15
Fair enough Kev, it’s an opinion, as is mine. It may seem a bit defeatist, but I’m not sure any manager can get us to a major tournament now. If I’m right about that, it would make more sense to leave Clark at Kilmarnock where we he could continue to enhance our game and appoint someone who’s out of work. Terry, no!

11.) 21 May 2019 21:24:02
Clarke was always leaving killie . i for 1 want scotland to do well and think it would have been stupid for scotland to miss this chance at a decent manager . for once they have got their finger out and made the right appointment . sacking strachan was a mistake as he done not too bad but he was getting to that stubborn strachan era so i can see why he got the boot also . hopefully bowie will fund another good manager to keep killie on the right footing as we do need progressive clubs in scotland for us all to improve . on the fact of them bringing the game into disrepute . they've been doing that since they found out rangers was dying then carried it on to confer the tainted titles to newco . so ye they should all be charged 😂
Hail hail.

12.) 21 May 2019 21:26:08
How often hv Killie taken points from old firm over last 18 months. Got to think Clarke can set us up to nick results against higher ranked nations instead of the cannon fodder under EBT.

13.) 21 May 2019 21:49:41
I think he’ll do well. Whether he can get us to a major tournament is another story but I hope he proves me wrong. I think we all know that managing the national side is a different kettle of fish to club management. Despite my opposition to this, I’ll be right behind him and I hope Griff will get back to full fitness to take part in it with him.

14.) 21 May 2019 21:50:48
I think we have the players to do a lot better than we have of late and Clarke is a manager that will organise them properly.

15.) 22 May 2019 00:04:11
Think he had decided to go back down sarf, anyway, so maybe he let the SFA know this, and that's why they could appoint him as Scotland manager without having quibbles about weakening one of the Scottish clubs.

16.) 22 May 2019 00:05:18
Good post buddy. Im happy with clarke as new manger excited to watch scotland games again. But as you says it has weaken kilmarnock wile they were improveing our league and makeing it more intresting and could have done well in europe next season with clark. Something our league needs. Think scottish football as a whole should be pushing sky for more money and i mean everyone invovled with scottish football. How much alone to do think they make off our old firm games. People like hugh keevins saying the money sky give our league is not scraps.

17.) 22 May 2019 00:06:55
Terry, but there is no OF, just a Glasgow Derby with the new boys on the block.

18.) 21 May 2019 23:44:15
Terry Munroe, who is the old firm? I have to say Clarke's standing at the moment is very high . Will it be the same in two years time . ? I doubt it .
The biggest problem Clarke and Celtic has, is if Clarke wants to have the best Scottish players playing their best football, he is going to want very many Celtic players playing at their best in friendlies and competitive games . He will want to develop best playing style to suit the style he thinks best .
Celtic have too many games in a season and half our players will have many more .

Just one other point, he should pick Dembele for Scotland's first competitive game and bring him on for as little as last minute and Scotland has Dembele for his whole career.



18 May 2019 09:14:21
Brilliant piece by Chris Sutton today on the 'doom and gloom' merchants among the Celtic support. Well worth a read.


1.) 18 May 2019 10:26:25
Haven't read it but it's true a lot of us are failing to appreciate the most successful period of a Celtic team for many years and letting negativity cloud the true picture of success.
The team have had to put overcome a long string of problems, hurdles, injuries, controversy and change since day one of the season including a horror transfer window and exit from the CL.
However, here we are on the verge of a magnificent achievement and are still the dominant force in this country by far.
The high profile desertion of a selfish manager in February would have crushed many other teams moral, confidence and momentum and -although it's clear we have not been at our best - it's enormous credit to the players that they carried on regardless, showing remarkable strength of character to win the league at Pittodrie.

The media have predictably played their part in filling our minds with doubt and criticism deflecting away from their own teams barren season - and don't get me started on referee controversies.
OK Sevco have moved up a place, but where's the trophies and medals for that? You'd think we had lost the league last week .
All of us hate to lose as we are so used to winning and maybe we should take a wee breath, realize under the circumstances and events stated, it wasn't possible to win every game 4 or 5 zip and although losing at Ibrox again hurt us all, it changes NOTHING.

2.) 18 May 2019 10:33:11
Saw it coy he was spot on.

3.) 18 May 2019 11:52:35
This is our dominant period I can remember when the old club were barely winning leagues against Aberdeen even when they out spent them 5-1 using all Murray’s financial wizardry. The press would never print a negative about oldco it was all positive spin. But we get negative after negative but they get pleasure from our reaction. The best way to deal with the haters is to not react and do what Broonie and Lustig do. laugh in their faces?

4.) 18 May 2019 12:04:10
OMC commented in another post how the Scottish media must love us because so many of us just accept the pish that’s written without questioning it. They then give it credence by commenting further on it. On a daily basis, James Traynor lobs a hand grenade in here and sits back to view the ensuing carnage.



24 Apr 2019 22:13:30
Just back from Celtic Park with my daughter laying our tributes to Big Billy. I bumped into a guy I went to school with and his dad. We live about 50 miles apart and don't even have each other's phone numbers. Since we left school the only times I've ever seen him is in connection with Celtic. We were both impressed by the number of tributes from other clubs, Aberdeen, Motherwell, Porto, a couple from Inter and a lot from Rangers fans. I take my hat off to them all. Football is often seen as, and reported as, being divisive and responsible for trouble but there's a lot of unity created by football as well and sometimes I really wish this was given a bit more prominence.





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29 May 2019 22:57:53
I’d love to hear the negotiation between them and Pedro for Toljan 😂😂😂😂.




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26 Feb 2019 19:34:17
If Allardyce got the job, I’d never be back.




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26 Feb 2019 17:35:49
Chrisbhoy, NL has experience of Europe. We beat Barcelona while he was the boss.




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26 Feb 2019 17:29:20
Find it hard to believe. I really thought he got what it meant to manage Celtic but clearly he doesn’t. I think he’ll regret this decision at some point but to be honest, I don’t really care. Happy with either NL or SC and one of them can take their place in Celtic history as the guy who lead us to 10 in a row.




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17 Feb 2019 13:23:49
Gerry, my response to that ridiculous post from GGGG was a touch less diplomatic but Ed has chosen not to publish it. It’s a little bit disappointing but I guess I’ll have to use a bit more tact in these situations. However, my point is that I agree with you completely and perhaps I should avoid the site when the moonhowlers are out in force.





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01 Jun 2019 09:07:55
Fair enough Tony. You’re right, we’re all passionate and because of that we sometimes take it a little too far. I was probably a bit condescending in my response to your comments so I’ll apologise for that. The text that was deleted wasn’t aimed at you. That all said, I think my time has come to an end here but I would like to say all the best to you all and if you find it in your heart to give Lenny a fighting chance, I think he will deliver for us. God bless and Hail Hail!




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31 May 2019 21:58:50
I can only assume that in Lennon’s tenure, the European trophies are counted whereas in Ronnie’s tenure, you only counted the domestic trophies. Would that be correct?


{Ed007's Note - No, try using your toes as well.}



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31 May 2019 21:44:32
No Tony, I get it wrong like everyone else. I’m quite sure I have on here on many occasions but right now I’m just trying to stick up for a guy who’s being persecuted by his own people for no good reason and he deserves better after what he’s given to the club.


{Ed007's Note - Persecuted by his own people 😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂 #stayclassy




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31 May 2019 20:44:51
I’m sure Pedro will be reading this now thinking, I better go and get Neymar or Tony2bhoy will tell his dad.