2 European Cups and 10 in a row


I may have told you this before, apologies if I’m repeating myself.  Around 20 years ago, in a TV studio minutes after a Rangers victory, a former captain, Terry Butcher (what ever happened to him?), told the audience, “David Murray will not stop until he’s won two European Cups and 10 in a row.”

Use of the personal term “he”, not the club name, struck me.  Murray was personally invested in this matter.  Such a burning desire did not make David Murray a bad person, he owned the dominant club in Glasgow, but the team he was dominating had all that glorious history.  If the boot was on the other foot, you’d want the same.  I would.

Perhaps if Jock Stein had stayed at Hibs, Celtic would have stayed in mediocrity, David Murray would have had a more affordable dream and the liquidation of his club would not have been necessary.

You know it’s true…….

On Tuesday’s STV report that Hearts manager, John McGlynn, said:

“How many fans would think they could win the league if Celtic weren’t in it at this stage? All [clubs’] fans would.

“That would cause great excitement and I think it would bring fans back to the game, at the lower clubs.

“If you look at the rest of us outside Rangers and Celtic, we’d all fill our stadiums if we thought we’d realistically have a chance of winning the league.”

There are screeds written and spoken about our game but the McGlynn Plan is the most productive comment I’ve read all year.  Well done to STV for the report, hopefully they will put the same questions to others in the league. This is the most important question for Scottish football right now.

It’s time for these clubs to throw off their downtrodden ways and genuinely compete for the Scottish title.

Still looking for a ticket for Celtic v Barcelona?   Equally keen to acquire a Wee Oscar wristband?  A CQN’er has very generously offered his ticket for next week to raise funds for the Wee Oscar Campaign.  You can bid for the ticket/wristband package on ebay.

Tell everyone who asks you for a ticket to bid on the auction.

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  1. Steinreignedsupreme on

    Celtic Mac 14:26 on 1 November, 2012



    Roddy Forsyth knows more than anyone else there is no ‘Old Firm’ – he is one of the people who lost shares in the club liquidated yesterday.

  2. Philbhoy – What’s Watty doing these days? (thumbsup)






    I believe he is the feature of a new series of books by the illustrator Martin Handford, called “Where’s Watty?” These colourfull books are packed with scenes form the footballing terraces of yester-year, all you have to do is spot the curmudgeon in his red white and blue tammy. Available at all good stockists and aye ready for a snip at £16.90 of course.

  3. Philbhoy - It's just the beginning! on

    Let’s face it, Ally is a young coach finding his way in fourth tier football management.



    I think he should be given time to learn his trade and come good.



    Loads and loads of time.



    Please Chuck.

  4. 79caps


    14:03 on


    1 November, 2012


    Cultsbhoy @ 13.31



    Genuine Celtic supporters know that Gordon Strachan’s love for the club is sincere. He is also, like Lenny, one of the rare people in football who is not a complete mercenary. He tore up his contract at Middlesbro when he could have held out for massive compensation. How many managers do that? Look at Craig Levein, a complete failure as Scotland manager, who won’t do the decent thing because he can get a huge pay-out.



    If you can’t overcome your irrational hatred of Gordon Strachan, then at least don’t keep polluting the blog with it.






  5. South Of Tunis on

    Panjandrum and his troops are going to have to get busy ——



    ” Any judgement on the possible rating of an independent Scotland is impossible at this stage . This is because of the absence of information as to the nature and terms of any possible independence agreement , and the considerable uncertainty regarding key provisions such as the partition of assets and liabilities, the regime governing the financial sector ,possible currency change and the length of a transition period to independence .



    Fitch Review October 2012

  6. I worked with John Swinney ( SNP ) for several years and we shared many moments of banter around politics ( I didn’t/don’t share his ) and football.


    I still retain a nice letter he wrote to me from the House of Commons when he became party leader.


    I can vouch for him both as an individual and professionally and would regard him as a friend.


    On a separate issue I enjoyed the result from Ibrox last night almost as much as the liquidation pronouncement. As ” set the bears free ” commented earlier we have come a long way since the sting was set up to re- introduce a debt free Rangers back into the SPL. They came close but ultimately failed. I would not go so far as to write off the next piece of engineering that will undoubtedly come along to try and resurrect the dead body of the old club. Vigilance.

  7. philvisreturns on

    canamalar – ah, the cant argue with the facts, lets attack the poster ploy, good thinking, it works for loads of people on here.



    Thanks buddy.



    You know me: normally I love the Glesgay banter.



    But sometimes I don’t have the time or blood sugar levels to give your couthy cracker-barrel pedagoguery the re-examination it deserves.



    I still like ye a loater though. (thumbsup)

  8. philvisreturns


    14:26 on


    1 November, 2012



    Patten is a left-footer.



    He never became leader of his party because he’s not a proper Tory. He was always a wet.





    He did make it to Party Chairman, is that normal for someone so wet?

  9. The November edition of CQN Magazine is out tomorrow! Forget the MSM and enjoy the following in our 100 page edition:



    We preview our CHAMPIONS LEAGUE matches in November and look back at the ecstasy then heartache in the Nou Camp.



    125 UNBROKEN YEARS – we take a look at Celtic’s proud unbroken history.



    INTERNATIONAL BHOYS we report on how the Celts on International duty in October got on.



    ASTOUNDED OF FOREHEAD – What did YOU discover on CQN?



    BARCELONA MUST BE SH***! Killie impress while Celtic win against St Mirren and Hearts.



    WHAT IS REQUIRED FOR CORRUPTION? From the streets of Buenos Aires to Dougie Dougie – fascinating stuff.



    PLAYING AGAINST CELTIC –what it was like playing against the Hoops in the dark days of the early 1990s. One of our guys did just that!



    PARCEL FORCE TROPHY The story of Celtic receiving this honour – better late than never!



    A BHOY IN VANCOUVER – We uncover a strong Celtic connection as the Whitecaps take on LA Galaxy.



    AND IF YOU KNOW THE HISTORY – We reflect on THE pivotal moment in Celtic’s history.



    THRIVING VERSUS SURVIVING -Arsene Wenger, the RTC blogger and Barcelona’s massive debt.



    QUESTIONS relating to Zombie FC – CQN’ers make the list.



    BLACKBURN –WE”RE BHOYS NOT BOYS! Ten years on! What a night that was at Ewood Park!



    STAN PETROV – You’ll Never Walk Alone! With thanks to our friends at Aston Villa’s Magazine (anyone for Aston Villa Quick News?)



    THERE’S GOING TO BE A SHOW -Paul looks forward to beating Barcelona and tries to figure out how to do it!



    BOOKIES CORNER -Who will win the English Premier League and 3 horses to back!



    And the HOUSE OF COMMONS Kris brings October to a five star finale!



    Great Celtic features, great Celtic photography – for the Celtic family and by the Celtic family. CQN Magazine is out tomorrow.

  10. Philbhoy – It’s just the beginning!


    14:34 on



    …and the answers are at the back.



    ..but no cheating now!

  11. Hitler and Jimmy Savile were Catholics. So was Mother Theresa and so is Farrah Fawcett.



    The label is no benchmark or qualification for anything. Words and deeds are.




  12. Neil canamalar Lennon hunskelper extrordinaire on



    your a bit like a scottish churnalist when anyone calls you out on your misinformation, innit geez


    you got bitch slapped on your lies about legislation, then I bitch slapped you on lies about who is responsible for the mess of soverign nations, no really a good day for you, is it :oD))))


    Stick to sevco baiting

  13. philvisreturns on

    Steinreignedsupreme – Aye, I don’t think Walter is daft enough to join Sevco, but I would chuckle like the brothers Barry and Paul if he did. (thumbsup)



    greenmaestro – He did make it to Party Chairman, is that normal for someone so wet?



    Would it help if I pointed out the incumbent is the mysteriously talented Baroness Warsi? (thumbsup)



    greenmaestro – I believe he is the feature of a new series of books by the illustrator Martin Handford, called “Where’s Watty?” These colourfull books are packed with scenes form the footballing terraces of yester-year, all you have to do is spot the curmudgeon in his red white and blue tammy. Available at all good stockists and aye ready for a snip at £16.90 of course.



    Dust cover includes approving quotes such as:



    “I LOL’ed” – Rev Ian Paisley. (thumbsup)

  14. Mike in Toronto on




    Hello there…. Free drinks? You could be setting an expensive precedent there!



    PS… my birthday in a few weeks…. free Irn Bru for everyone?



    Keep saying I’m going to make it up for a game… lots to chat about re: sevco.



    but having dinner on Saturday night with a stunningly gorgeous lady (doctorate in engineering, plus a singer… bit of a wow!), so, I’m kind of hoping that I wont be seeing you this weekend… (hope you dont take it personally!)



    Actually, if I do see you on Sunday morning, you may have to buy me that beer after all!




  15. philvisreturns on

    canamalar – I am reminded of how unsporting it is to fence wits with an unarmed man.



    Innit. (thumbsup)

  16. philvisreturns on

    BlantyreKev – The label is no benchmark or qualification for anything



    Pretty handy if you want to become Pope though. (thumbsup)

  17. ASonOfDan


    14:37 on 1 November, 2012


    Dundee Utd have announced cash turnstiles for Sunday.



    is that home fans only or will there be a cash turnstile for us?

  18. Philbhoy - It's just the beginning! on

    I played football for a well known Catholic school FP’s against a team consisting of trainee Catholic priests.



    The game was abandoned in the first half due to a mass braw. (see what I did there?)



    And we didny start it.



    So don’t talk to me aboot Catholics!.

  19. Gene's a Bhoys name on

    Philbhoy – It’s just the beginning!



    So don’t talk to me aboot Catholics!.






    It’s what you do with your faith that’s important – it’s not a badge of (in)convenience.

  20. Snake Plissken



    Regarding your post coupe of days back.


    You told about fights between Wisla and Cracovia in Cracow.


    You asked the question why Cracovia are called the Jews. If I’m not mistaken they call themselves the Jews. That name has it’s reference to the old times. The club was formed very early in 20th century by minorities living in Cracow. In the first team they have had; the Jews, the Poles, the Germans and the Scotts. The club was open for all – including the Poles. I might be mistaken but I think that Cracovia stadium was placed in the Jewish district of Cracow. Those idiots (does not matter if they are from Wisla or Cracovia) who still make these references should rather stay in a jail not at the stadiums.


    Regarding Dariusz Wdowczyk. He was sentenced for corruption that happened 10 or more years back. He was not involved in giving money but knew about that and accepted that when his club played in third league. He is clear now after seven years ban from football.





    These religious debates here are the things that I do not understand.

  21. Don’t know if this has been mentioned…



    At one time the 3 major national parties were headed by Tony Blair, Ian Duncan Smith & Charlie Kennedy…and Mr Speaker was Michael Martin



    The first a ‘neo-Catholic’, the second a Catholic, as was Mr Kennedy. Mr Martin was the first Catholic Speaker for 400+ years.



    A remarkable situation in UK constitutional terms.



    Would never want a Tory Government but had IDS won….?



    Don’t care what religion politicians have or have not but it is an illustration of how the UK is not the same place as 40 years ago.

  22. Absolutely gutted that Farrah has passed on. Gutted.



    I remember calling in a radio competition as a kid when they were asking about marriages that created funny names. Whoopi Goldberg marrying Peter Cushing was the ultimate combination but people were getting creative with multiple marriages and hanging onto the names.



    My brother and I came up with Farrah Fawcett marrying Paul Way the golfer, then Harry Cross from Brookside. then Mr T then Billy Ocean.



    Making her Farrah Way Cross T Ocean.



    An apt memory with this massively out of date bad news. RIP Farrah, you so, so lovely Tim.

  23. Why all the comments about politics (SNP etc) and religion today? Catholic or not – who cares?


    This is a Celtic blog and let’s remember there are many Celtic fans who are non-Catholic.

  24. BlantyreKev at 14:41



    Hitler was Catholic.


    What do you mean? Did he go to the church everyday? Did he go for Sacraments?

  25. Chelsea fans perhaps?



    Dynamo Dresden face being banned from the German Cup next season following the second case of fan violence in two years.



    Rioting broke out during Dresden’s second-round loss at Hannover on Wednesday, when 21 fans were arrested and several people were injured, including three police officers.



    About 400 Dresden fans overran security to storm into the stadium before kickoff, while about 200 invaded the pitch after the match, setting off banned firecrackers, the dapd news agency reported.



    “The stewards were really fearful at times,” Hannover police spokesman Dirk Hallmann said.



    Dresden was originally excluded from this year’s competition after supporters clashed with police and rival fans in the second-round match at Borussia Dortmund last season, but the ban was overturned on appeal.



    “We’ve understood the ruling to be a final warning shot,” club president Andreas Ritter said at the time, when Dresden was fined ?100,000 ($129,900), ordered to play a home game in an empty stadium and fans were banned from an away match.



    Representatives of the German Football Federation (DFB), league associations and police unions met in Frankfurt on Thursday to discuss the problems of fan violence.



    “It’s very important to us to improve security at football games in Germany,” said DFB president Wolfgang Niersbach.



    Last month’s Ruhr derby between Borussia Dortmund and Schalke was also marred by violence, leaving 11 people injured, including eight officers, and leading to 180 arrests.



    “There is an urgent need to make the discussion more objective,” German Football League president Reinhard Rauball said. “Therefore more intensive talks are needed with all those involved, including the fans and police of course.

  26. Snake Plissken on




    I’ve always thought the whole Wisla/Cracovia thing was stupid. I’ve seen the madness first hand and you are right, they are idiots of the highest caliber.



    I asked the question because I remember this being talked about while I lived there. Cracovia was the late Pope’s team when he was a keeper and I believe he played for them for a time.



    Thanks for the insight as always my friend.

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