Thu, 28 January 2021
Dear Dr Jo
This past week saw the passing of Big Shuggie Edvaldsson and formerCeltic manager Dr Jozef Venglos.
Jóhannes Eðvaldsson signed for Celtic in 1975 and made 127 appearances for the club. He scored 24 goals for Celtic playing in defence, midfield and attack but made his name mainly as a central defender.
Dr Jozef Venglos was the first foreign born & raised manager of a club in the English top tier league(now it's the EPL): Aston Villa. He won the European Championships at under 23 level, and then his finest moment in coaching, the full European Championship with Czechoslovakia in 1976, beating Netherlands in the semi-finals and West Germany in the Final, as well as reaching the quarter-finals of the Italia 1990 World Cup. Appointed President of the European Coaches Union in 1995 as well as being chosen to coach European and World select teams in the 1980's and 1990's. AT Celtic he signed the great players Lubo & Mjallby for Celtic. Truthfully, he never made a bad signing. Disgracefully treated by the local press whilst in Scotland (quite petty patronising racism in some cases).
Fri, 22 January 2021
Tell me when it’s over
And the hits just keep on coming… This past week Celtic have dropped points to Livingston twice (once to a team made up of their fringe players) and still the management team remains unchanged. On the podcast we discuss the possible rational behind this, the issues with the players, the Livi game and of course that press conference.
As a podcast that has (at times) been very aggitated with the team - coaches and players, we try our best to take a step back and assess how and why. We discuss the board and what we should be doing. Tanks on the lawn with a firm statement of intent that this will never happen again.
Tue, 12 January 2021
What’s going on?
Who could have predicted, that going to Dubai, in the middle of the world’s worst pandemic in 100 years could end up being a PR disaster…?
Sunday night the news broke that we had a player with Covid. Then it started to come out that, due to the nature of everyone being in close proximity, 13 players and 3 coaches would be unavailable for the game against Hibs. With perhaps a 5% chance still left of winning the league, we needed to win every game left this season and this wouldn’t give us the best chance of starting that run, yet we nearly achieved it.
Antony Murray and I discuss the game, the trip and basically ask - Celtic - What’s going on?!?
Fri, 8 January 2021
2020 - A Year in Review
Twenty Twenty vision was hard work - a year of two halves. We ran away with the league until Covid came and we were robbed of the 9iar celebrations. When won a quadruple treble and again robbed of the celebrations. In the grand scheme of things it will be just one year of missing going to games and there are worse things happening in the world however it hurt to miss them all the same.
It WAS supposed to be a review with @antonymurray25 and @hullbhoy @stephen4_2 and myself but for a variety of reasons it was just Saint & I but we still managed to ramble on for 2 hours reviewing the seasons past and present in 2020.
Hullbhoy and Antony will be on again soon.
Meantime, please enjoy…
Sat, 2 January 2021
I don’t want to talk about it!
The maltesers edition.
And there it was - in the 62nd minute the final flickers of the 10iar dream were snuffed out when Nir Bitton climbed all over the back of Alfredo Morelos and Madden was presented with the opportunity to reduce us to 10 men and any chnce of clawing back the huge deficit went.
It wasn’t the Bitton sending off that killed the chances of winning the league and securing the 10. The seeds of this defeat were sowed long ago with a various key points since February 2012 when, presented with an opportunity, Celtic made the wrong choice. The key to losing the ten was when the club decided to focus on demoestic rather than European dominance. Set your standards low and and you achieve low.
Antony Murray and I review a game which, for the first hour, was dominated by Celtic.