40 years since an iconic striker youth graduate


Notwithstanding we had four strikers isolating and that under most circumstances, four strikers would be sufficient, the games against Hibs and Livingston highlighted a long-term problem.  Celtic have been able to produce wingers, defenders and midfielders who have become first choice starters in the first team, but we are unable to produce a striker.

In the last 20 years, Craig Beattie is arguably our most successful striker-graduate from the youth system (gulp), and he moved on having scored 13 goals for the club, the kind of return Leigh Griffiths may have hoped for in a month, a few years back.

Gerry Creaney made his debut 31 years ago and spent a couple of seasons as a regular starter, before eventually playing Premier League football for Manchester City (it was a different world back then, kids), but Gerry was nowhere near a top performer at the club.

It is now over 40 years since the last iconic striker, Charlie Nicholas, came through the youth system to electrify Celtic Park for three seasons.  He returned for a five-year spell later, when he largely stood on the same spot every 90 minutes, before working out some deep therapeutic issues as a media pundit in later years.

40 years and we were unable to produce a striker with the talent of Leigh Griffiths, despite many changes in coaches, systems and first team budgets?  This sounds unlikely.  I suspect the opportunities afforded to the young Leigh at Livingston were denied to hundreds of Celtic youth strikers.


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  1. Just heard full interview, he said Sky are banned from any interviews until Walker apologises



    Welcome to blue Monday 18/01/21 the most depressing day of the year ( especially this )




    Tell me now, how should i feel?😁

  3. From the BBC



    “The Premier League says 16 players and club staff have tested positive during the latest rounds of testing for Covid-19.



    The league conducted 3,115 tests across two rounds over the past week.



    Between 11 and 14 January there were 10 new positive tests and six more were found during testing between 15 and 17 January.



    The number is significantly down on the 36 positive tests following last week’s rounds of testing.



    ‘Patience wearing thin’ with football after continued breaches


    The Premier League has not identified any club affected or given details of any individuals who have tested positive.



    The results, the lowest figure reported in the English top flight since 20 December, came in a week where Aston Villa had two matches postponed because of a Covid outbreak at the club.



    There was also renewed scrutiny of footballer’s behaviour during the pandemic, with goal celebrations – and the lack of social distancing often associated with it – creating widespread debate.



    While footballers were reminded that “handshakes, high fives and hugs must be avoided”, their conduct was not curbed in many instances during weekend fixtures.



    Weekly breakdown of PL Covid-19 testing


    Week Number of tests conducted Number of positive results


    1 (31 Aug-6 Sep) 1,605 3


    2 (7-13 Sep) 2,131 4


    3 (14-20 Sep) 1,574 3


    4 (21-27 Sep) 1,595 10


    5 (28 Sep-4 Oct) 1,587 9


    6 (5-11 Oct) 1,128 5


    7 (12-18 Oct) 1,575 8


    8 (19-25 Oct) 1,609 2


    9 (26 Oct-1 Nov) 1,446 4


    10 (2-8 Nov) 1,646 4


    11 (9-15 Nov) 1,207 16


    12 (16-22 Nov) 1,530 8


    13 (23-29 Nov) 1,381 10


    14 (30 Nov-6 Dec) 1,483 14


    15 (7-13 Dec) 1,549 6


    16 (14-20 Dec) 1,569 7


    17 (21-27 Dec) 1,479 18


    18 (28 Dec-3 Jan) 2,295 40


    19 (4 Jan-10 Jan) 2,593 36


    20 (11 Jan-17 Jan) 3,115 16″

  4. GREENPINATA on 18TH JANUARY 2021 3:47 PM



    Did Nicola condemn the outgoing chief executive of East Ayrshire Council who swanned over to Dubai at the end of December ?



    Whit lujj is going over?






  5. Just saw Neil’s 42 second presser!



    You, Neil have now gone up in my estimation by miles!



    We need to call out everything anti Celtic!!!



    Press, government, REFEREES, SPFL ftSFA, oranjmen, clerics, the ******* lot!!!!!



    I’m trying to remember any of my 71 birthday party’s I wasn’t at.






    NOT A PENNY MORE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  6. onenightinlisbon on

    Calling out an anti Celtic media/government agenda is brilliant but why now? Think of all of the other times we as a club have been harshly treated, res 12 anyone?

  7. What is the Stars on



    That house on Shrewsbury Road was almost the end of me.


    Dermot Desmond bought it from Sean Dunne but the bankruptcy court wanted the money instead.


    They (Bankruptcy Office) registered their Lis Pendens (to stop the sale) on the morning deal was meant to close.


    It was a close one for the person who did the lis pendens check that day…that person may or may not post on here.

  8. If Peter Lawwell is compromised by the 5 way agreement, I can’t see him verifying anything that Neil Lennon has contended. I believe Neil Lennon is speaking his truth; whether Celtic will provide the evidence to back him up, I doubt.



    If Peter Lawwell (acting on behalf of his boss, Dermott Desmond) allowed the deid team a way back into Scottish football for Celtic’s financial good, Celtic again won’t provide any evidence, unless there is a complete clear out at Boardroom level. Is that going to happen??

  9. onenightinlisbon on

    MARKIEBHOY on 18TH JANUARY 2021 6:34 PM



    Think the manager feeling the heat on himself, widely quoted that it was he who wanted the trip to go ahead. Suddenly he has the balls to call out the MSM and the Government. Way too late. Self serving cowards the lot of them.

  10. Perhaps Lenny’s outburst against our enemies is a watershed moment in our history and our board will man the barracks and………………………………….mibbe naw.



    My dear old Dad, passed in 2002, a lovely man, taught me to love, never hate.



    It’s really tough Dad, really tough…………………………………….

  11. spikeysauldman on

    I Agree with Lennie’s sentiments totally.



    Had to laugh at Sleekit Sally last week. Slagged of Celtic last week, then later in week told his wee story of his trip down to London for the SpursvFulham game with Amazon Prime. He got the train, then had to get off at Rugby where he got a taxi (the story was about losing his hat on the taxi) – but he did have a some signed permission slip – so it was all okay.



    Here’s what the c$nt had to say about the Tic….



    But, c’mon guys, in the current climate, who in their right mind thinks it’s a good idea to go to another country with a group of players when there’s just been this second bout of the virus?….


    “It’s a stupid idea in so many ways, so many counts….


    “In this day and age, I can’t go up and visit my 94-year-old mother!…


    “But nobody, nobody , on this planet will convince me that common sense should have prevailed and they shouldn’t have gone, even just for the look itself.”…

  12. Onenightinlisbon


    Yep – presser reminded me of the late Jim McLean v John Barnes. Wee sh*te Walker was lucky he didn’t say that to Neil Lennon.

  13. KELVINBHOY on 18TH JANUARY 2021 5:57 PM


    I can’t find the press conference on club media so unless its my poor searching skills, that suggests PL etc are not happy with content and will carefully edit it or bin it. It feels like a Roy Keane MUTV moment here.





    Not been able to source any video link longer than the 41 second one. Appreciate if anyone can share it here.

  14. Who is the player who has tested positive?



    Please God it isny the Griff.



    Get well soon whoever ye ur.

  15. spikeysauldman on

    Lennie is not alone in speaking up on Covid related issues – Wilder, Pep, even Roy Hodgson…

  16. Well done Neil, I salute you.



    He also mentions, we had our medical team, as well as the sports science team,



    I thought Neil didnt know what these things are according to some.



    Ps, people saying on radio “he has lost the plot”, are a disgrace very wrong terminology.



    As is calling him a coward.



    Keep Swinging the punches Lenny, I hope you land a few more.

  17. BHOY FROM THE BOYNE on 18TH JANUARY 2021 2:50 Harry


    knows as many sparks,groundsmen,ticket office woman,wee secretaries and office workers as you or i..Change will come. Watch you dont get caught up in Cellic kultyir instead of Celtic fact that takes time.




  18. Hypocrisy –



    how many miles, and how many modes of transport and how many days out the house and how many people do they meet ……………



    you know the media, the press, the commentators, if they need to broadcast do it from the house,



    oh and the ebt’ers in the studios.



    hypocritical bastards.

  19. spikeysauldman on

    Settin Free, aye but if we improve out PR, the MSM, the gov and the rest of the country will love us…..


    according to many



    and I still dont rate Lennie as a manager, but then who the feck am I ! Barca, Lazio home and away, topping the group etc is easy to forget when there are the Sparta Pragues.

  20. For those with an interest for engineering, the late and great Fred Dibnah, visits the Falkirk Wheel on his travels on BBC4 at 7pm, and if I remember rightly also visits an iron foundry in Boness and possibly the Railway museum also in that town. Well worth a watch. On BBCi after that.