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Rare nothing to lose phenomenon, the Great Hunger

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International players will begin returning to Bayern Munich’s training facility today. Many will undergo their first session under new manager Jupp Heynckes. Five points off the pace domestically, they face Freiburg on Saturday before the visit of Celtic one week today.

Freiburg are above the relegation play-off spot on goal difference only, largely as a consequence of settling in for a draw. They have lost only two of their seven games. On Saturday, Celtic scouts will likely learn how Bayern play against a packed defence.

If the result in Brussels afforded Brendan Rodgers some Champions League freedom, Heynckes is under pressure to win both games this coming week. This is far from impossible (they are Bayern Munich, after all), but the new manager will be working blind, having little or no time on the training field with his players, talented though they are.

I’m feeling unusually chilled about the game in Munich. We will rest those who need it on Saturday, then travel with the rare ‘nothing to lose’ phenomenon, so scarce for Celtic teams. The contrast for the Germans could not be greater; a loss to Celtic would be cataclysmic. We should enjoy this.capture-20171009-120341

National Famine Day Memorial match-worn shirt

Many thanks to all who entered the raffle for James Forrest’s match-worn shirt, commemorating the Great Hunger, which followed the Blight which passed through much of Europe in the 1840s before hitting Ireland. A million died there, millions more emigrated, some to Scotland. A few of these new communities here setup football teams in Edinburgh, Dundee and then Glasgow.

Is this an important part of the Celtic story? I think so. Its consequences inform our values today.

You can enter the raffle by making a minimum £5 donation to Celtic FC Foundation here. The money will continue the great work carried out in your name. And you might win a signed, match-worn, Famine Memorial shirt.

What a great thing to do.

To enter, send your donation confirmation email to [email protected] with the name of the PSG player who was booked for diving against Celtic last month in the SUBJECT line.

Thanks.

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  1. Jobo, Congratulations on the Birth of your Grandaughter, you must be a very proud and happy Papa J…

     

     

    Hail Hail

  2. BOBBY MURDOCH'S CURLED-UP WINKLEPICKERS on

    Wee request for funding,please.

     

     

    My über-Tim mate from Bicester,via Swindon and Chapelhall is proud as punch that his partner’s daughter is off to Kenya in the summer to help build a school in the middle of nowhere.

     

     

    From scratch.

     

     

    “In 2019, I have the honour of travelling to Kenya to help build a school for the local children. Whilst there I will be: building the school, clearing waterholes and much more. However, to be able to complete such amazing volunteer work, I have to raise £4000, in total. To do this, I will be doing a range of sponsorship activities as well as this.

     

    I hope that you will help me on my journey to Kenya, so I can help people less fortunate than me.”

     

     

    https://www.gofundme.com/kenya-volunteer-trip-2019

     

     

    If you have a spare few quid,it’s going to a good cause. And you’ll put a smile on a few faces-even mine,for once!

     

     

    Thanks in advance,and

     

     

    HH

  3. Never a great thing to be playing a team with new management, the players are all out to impress. 0-0 would have me a happy bhoy.

  4. BOBBY MURDOCH'S CURLED-UP WINKLEPICKERS on

    PAUL67

     

     

    Not sure Heynckes is under much pressure. He’s only a caretaker till the end of the season.

     

     

    Additionally,he knows a lot of the players,having managed them pre-Pep.

     

     

    Having said that,he’ll be desperate for a winning start to his reapppointment. Settle the ship,get the victories flowing,prior to their winter break. Then he can get them motoring.

     

     

    I’m sure he’ll find that a lot easier in the later stages of the EL than the CL!!!

  5. Congratulations to all of the “Jobo ” family.

     

     

    Vote cast and verified for Niamh.

     

     

    HH.

  6. BOBBY MURDOCH'S CURLED-UP WINKLEPICKERS on

    Thanks,SP. You know who you are!

     

     

    Molly will be well chuffed.

     

     

    HH.

  7. Looking forward to this game .

     

     

    I was last there in 2003 ..

     

     

    Celtic 1 up – Bobo Balde missed a sitter to make it 2 / a dreadful clearance from Varga gifted them the equaliser and then some Dearie Me goalkeeping from Marcus Headman gave them the winner . One of those European away nights.

  8. BOBBY MURDOCH'S CURLED-UP WINKLEPICKERS on

    SOUTHOFTUNIS

     

     

    Hedman?

     

     

    Fantastic goalkeeper for Coventry,and I was delighted when he signed.

     

     

    To this day,dunno why went wrong.

     

     

    Head wasted wi the missus? Couldnae concentrate if he wasn’t under constant pressure?

     

     

    Whatever,a real disappointment. Which led to Rab Douglas,btw.

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  10. Very refreshing to log-on at lunchtime and not find the 1st page full of podium crap, well done guys.

     

     

    Jobo, Papa is THE best fun job ever, good luck and enjoy.

  11. SOT

     

    He did the same in the away game at Lyon, 3.2 to Lyon ,I was slightly to the right of the goal, he refused to move his feet at a free kick and it went passed him beating his stretch,a poor keeper he was.

  12. but the new manager will be working blind, having little or no time on the training field with his players, talented though they are.

     

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    He’s already worked with a lot of this Squad

  13. BMCUW .

     

     

    Rab Douglas ?

     

     

    I’m really ambivalent . . Sometimes excellent — fond memories of a great performance away to Valencia , sometimes dreadful — Arta’s goal for the Deady Bears comes to mind

  14. GlassTwoThirdsFull on

    Not sure I’d completely agree with that, Paul. Many of the Bayern players will have played under Heynckes and there’s no way they would have appointed him if he wasn’t popular with the players.

     

    They played some really good football under him and steamrolled quite a few teams. Very tough game ahead.

  15. BOBBY MURDOCH'S CURLED-UP WINKLEPICKERS on

    SOUTHOFTUNIS

     

     

    Aye. Ultimately costly.

     

     

    As were the two blunders in the 3-3 draw wi them in 02/03.

     

     

    To be fair,I’ve watched Celtic long enough to have seen worse. IMO,I didn’t see a top man in goal between Ally Hunter and Artur Boruc.

     

     

    Whenever the oppo attacked in those days,I’d casually roll a smoke. Save me having to watch!

  16. Shameless repost on behalf of a miserable old git. Cmon bhoys… if donating really will put a smile on that face….dig deep

     

     

    BOBBY MURDOCH’S CURLED-UP WINKLEPICKERS on 11TH OCTOBER 2017 12:34 PM

     

    Wee request for funding,please.

     

     

     

    My über-Tim mate from Bicester,via Swindon and Chapelhall is proud as punch that his partner’s daughter is off to Kenya in the summer to help build a school in the middle of nowhere.

     

     

     

    From scratch.

     

     

     

    “In 2019, I have the honour of travelling to Kenya to help build a school for the local children. Whilst there I will be: building the school, clearing waterholes and much more. However, to be able to complete such amazing volunteer work, I have to raise £4000, in total. To do this, I will be doing a range of sponsorship activities as well as this.

     

     

    I hope that you will help me on my journey to Kenya, so I can help people less fortunate than me.”

     

     

     

    https://www.gofundme.com/kenya-volunteer-trip-2019

     

     

     

    If you have a spare few quid,it’s going to a good cause. And you’ll put a smile on a few faces-even mine,for once!

     

     

     

    Thanks in advance,and

     

     

     

    HH

  17. BOBBY MURDOCH'S CURLED-UP WINKLEPICKERS on

    TWISTSNTURNS

     

     

    Thanks,mate. And thanks. You’ll know what I mean!

     

     

    Off to my cot wi a good feeling cos of the good people on this site.

     

     

    HH

  18. Gooooood Morning CQN (Mexico time :-))

     

     

    Brilliant news that Maria Rose has arrived safely,

     

    Congratulations to the entire family Jobo

     

    Proud grandparents, you can put your feet up now :-))))

  19. Rock Tree Bhoy on

    When we go into Europe with a nothing to lose attitude we normally lose. Thankfully I’m sure Brendan won’t see it like that and we will go there fired up with every intention of getting a decent result.

     

     

    Bawsman – totally agree with your sentiment regarding the first page, has to be kids doing that juvenile stuff.

  20. Big Georges Fan Club - Hail, Hail, Wee Oscar on

    BOBBY MURDOCH’S CURLED-UP WINKLEPICKERS on 11TH OCTOBER 2017 12:34 PM

     

    Wee request for funding,please.

     

     

     

    My über-Tim mate from Bicester,via Swindon and Chapelhall

     

     

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    Wee donation donated :-)

     

     

    HH

     

    BGFC

  21. Heyenckes keeping the seat warm for Conte or Luis Enrique, he will be well versed in the current squad though.

  22. @BOBBY MURDOCH’S CURLED-UP WINKLEPICKERS on 11TH OCTOBER 2017 12:34 PM

     

     

    Donation made.

     

    I have tremendous respect for anyone who volunteers their time and energy for these events and I hope she realizes the difference she will have made.

     

    Stuart

  23. jobo,

     

     

    congrats. you are going to love being a papa.

     

     

    she will have you wraped arouned her little finger, what a joy.

  24. Celticrollercoaster supporting @WalkWithShay on

    Congrats to Papa Jobo on his fantastic news.

     

     

     

    HH

     

     

     

    CRC

  25. Mooloolaba Bhoy on

    Congratulations to Melbourne Mick and all you Mornington Tims on your move to the new “upstairs” venue.

     

    Would love to have made it down for the big day, but only just getting over the ‘flu after my visit last month.

     

    Happy to be back up here (Queensland) where it’s lovely and warm

     

    H

     

    Hail Hail and enjoy Sunday

     

    Mooloolaba Bhoy

  26. Warbiola ‘ the huns fanbase has been reared on European success…..’ , The Lying King could use that in the tribunal, he’s barking mad….

  27. Rock Tree Bhoy on

    No wonder the players in the Scotland squad want WGS to stay on as manager, a new one would boot most of them out, apart from our lot I hadn’t heard of most of them until there names appeared in the squad list.

  28. Scottish Football is in a deep predicament, outwith Celtic it is being completely overwhelmed by European Football in the 21st Century.

     

     

    Now without going into the obvious, wheres and whyfors of this situation, it has not been helped by the Scottish Sports Press. The Scottish Reporters, like the Scottish Football Administrators seem to more preoccupied with self-interest, cronyism, their expensed jollies rather than doing their jobs.

     

     

    Understanding the technical, commercial and governance issues underlying current and future challeges of the game in Europe and analysing this with regard to the Scottish game and the implications arising at Club and National level are obviously way beyond them.

     

     

    Sad, but this is a million miles away from the Journalism that gave the world Huge McIlvanney.

     

     

    At one time I used to read the Guardian, would buy it every day for many reasons. One of the reasons was because living in England in the early eighties Scottish Football news was difficult to come by, but every Monday the Guardian ran a section that covered Scottish Football, specifically the previous weekends. It was a professional, insightful and for me an essential part of the Sports section.

     

     

    It’s been a while since I regularly bought a Newspaper but always held the Guardian in high regard.

     

     

    I was hugely disappointed then, when earlier this year their Scottish Football correspondents piece on marking the great accomplishment of Celtic making the European Champions League was a despairing piece about how bad this was for Scottish Football.

     

     

    Indeed, it felt worse when I read the piece, there wasn’t a salient point to back up his notion. It was an embittered piece because the main benefit would go towards Celtic.

     

     

    I said at the time the piece was bigoted, it was the only reason that this narrow-minded anti-Celtic piece made any sense.

     

     

    Today there was hearsay re: Scott Brown’s future with the Scotland National Squad printed in the Daily Record – quelle Surprise, you may say.

     

     

    Well true – but the thing is the Guardian’s Scottish Football Correspondent picked up on it, treated it as fact and worse tweeted on it, it was very derogatory to our Captain…

     

     

    Scott Brown, not content with picking and choosing international games, now wants to pick and choose international managers. Brilliant. – Ewan Murray (@mrewanmurray)

     

     

    On this occasion I was not hugely disappointed by either the content or sarcasm because now I know what Ewan Murray is…

     

     

    Why do the Guardian Employ him?

     

     

    Hail Hail

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