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Our Champions League victors AEK Athens are in Lisbon tonight to face Benfica in a dead rubber.  The Greeks, zero points from five games, have capitulated since August, while Benfica’s only win in their five games came in Athens.

Little changed for Celtic until the League Cup semi-final at Murrayfield in October.  Since then we have looked a different team, but those games against AEK will haunt Celtic until we are back in Champions League qualification action next year (caveat scarcely acknowledged).

Last night’s added-time winner for Aberdeen will be a huge boost for Scottish football’s perennial also-rans but any manager would surely swap dramatic wins for consistency.  Second place is not out of reach (they are currently four points short), but despite their drubbing on Saturday, Kilmarnock are worth watching.  They have Dundee, Hamilton, Motherwell and St Mirren between now and the winter break.

If Steve Clarke’s men can take 12 points from those games, which they are more than capable of, they will be comfortably in second by the break, and well-positioned for the remainder of the season.

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  1. Apologies, part of my comment was insensitive.

     

    I only thought that it was a bit strange to offer an employee with serious gambling issues a bumper new contract. That does not mean they should have “dumped him”. Of course not.

     

    Respect to the Club for acting as they have. I don’t think many employers, football or not, would have offered him a multi-year deal.

     

    Sorry for sounding so crass.

  2. Paul67 is more than capable of sticking up for his own comments, but for what it’s worth, I think all Paul was trying to say yesterday is that Leigh is a master of winding up the opposition in ways that are humorous and pointed, without crossing a line into being guilty of anything other than gentle and deserved disrespect.

     

     

    This adds to the healthier aspects of rivalries and gets everyone a little worked up. All good for the game, and those who are tasked with promoting our game could learn a thing or two from our Leigh.

     

     

    All the best to Leigh and his family and I hope it’s not too long before he’s bulging nets and decorating goalposts again.

  3. traditionalist88 on

    DENIABHOY on 12TH DECEMBER 2018 3:04 PM

     

    I only thought that it was a bit strange to offer an employee with serious gambling issues a bumper new contract

     

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    It wasnt always as serious as it is now.

     

     

    ‘He’s reached a point where it’s a struggle for him’ – Brendan Rodgers on Leigh.

     

     

    HH

  4. BATEEN BHOY,

     

    Thank you for the information much appreciated.

     

     

    As regards Leigh I hope and pray he gets himself sorted but makes you question why we accept sponsorship from betting and drinks company. Sure they they can justify themselves by quoting Drinkaware and GambleAware but that is just paying lipservice to the problem.

  5. that FT article/

     

     

    SAINT STIVS on 6TH DECEMBER 2018 5:40 PM

     

    Best line I have read in a while

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Ultimately, it may be the case that the biggest enemy of unification is not unionism but soft-focus southern patriots, who are in no mood to risk their comforts to pay for the dole of unemployed Rangers fans from east Belfast.

     

     

     

     

     

     

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    WHY THE IDEA OF A UNITED IRELAND IS BACK IN PLAY

     

     

    Economist David McWilliams argues that demography, finances and the fallout of Brexit are reviving the idea of one Ireland

     

     

    David McWilliams NOVEMBER 30, 2018 Print this page810

     

     

    It seems incredible now, but in 1990 an episode in the third series of Star Trek: The Next Generation was deemed so incendiary that it was censored in Britain and Ireland. In that episode, “The High Ground”, the Starship Enterprise’s android officer Data, musing on terrorism, noted from the vantage point of the year 2364 that Ireland had been reunified in 2024. The episode was pulled for fear that it might encourage more political violence; 1990 was the year the IRA bombed the London Stock Exchange, assassinated Conservative politician Ian Gow and when 81 people on both sides of the conflict were murdered in Northern Ireland.

     

     

    That Northern Ireland of the early 1990s seems like a different world. It is now just over 20 years since the Good Friday peace agreement. While power-sharing has not been easy, it has stopped the killings, is resoundingly supported by electorates in both parts of Ireland and has been the cornerstone of relations between Dublin, London and Belfast for almost a generation.

     

     

    These gains no longer seem so secure. The Brexit process has reminded us what is often not appreciated about peace: that resolving this conflict over one border depended heavily on the weakening of other borders within the European Union. Understandably, the focus of recent weeks has been on the immediate, the “backstop” — the fallback device designed to avoid a hard border between Northern Ireland and the Republic if the UK leaves the EU without a formal trade deal.

     

     

    Tortuous as this row has been, it is schoolyard stuff compared with what lies ahead. Behind all this manoeuvring, something more fundamental has occurred: the Irish question has shifted. The majority of people in Northern Ireland didn’t and still don’t want Brexit; they want to stay in the EU. As a result, middle-of-the-road Northerners have been pushed towards contemplating a united Ireland in Europe. Brexit was championed exclusively in Northern Ireland by the Democratic Unionist party (DUP), a party implacably opposed to Irish reunification. That is looking increasingly like an own goal: latest polls indicate that 60 per cent of Northerners favour entering a political and economic alliance with the Republic if it would help the economy.

     

     

    South of the border, talk of unity was until recently the preserve of romantic Nationalists and “five-pint Provos” who find their inner Padraig Pearse (the nationalist political activist who was one of the leaders of 1916’s Easter Rising) after a few drinks. However, as a result of Brexit, politicians in the Republic are talking about unity in a way I have not heard before. It is still remote but not improbably so. It may take decades, it will not be straight­forward and the risk of a return to violence is ever-present, but make no mistake something is in train.

     

     

    For many in the Republic, the North is the final frontier. Not for me. Like most Southerners, when I was growing up I rarely crossed the border because of the violence, until I met a certain bridesmaid at a wedding in County Down in July 1994.

     

     

    Being best man is always tricky; being best man at a northern-southern union during the Troubles posed a new set of challenges. At 3pm on the dot, the groom and I stood at the altar waiting for the bride. The entire right-hand side of the church was full: punctual northerners. It is understood everywhere that brides are usually late, but congregations are supposed to turn up on time. As we looked down from the elevated altar, almost every pew on the left, the Dubliners’ side, was empty. The southerners had, almost to a man and woman, observed the great Irish ritual of the swift one before the big do. This was in the days before mobile phones. I had to barrel down the road in the minister’s shiny red Vauxhall to shoo Dubliners into the church. The bridesmaid couldn’t stop laughing at these Dubliners, their casual attitudes to time and ritual; then, reader, she married me. So began my 25-year education in the intricacies of Northern Ireland.

     

     

    A Loyalist mural in Cookstown proclaiming allegiance to the UK and to the Ulster Volunteer Force.

     

     

    Catholics are likely to be a majority in Northern Ireland by the end of the next decade, and recent months have seen growing displays of Loyalism in Protestant areas

     

     

     

    I’m a regular visitor to the North; our children are the Belfast Agreement incarnate. Recently I’ve been travelling around Protestant parts of Ulster from rural Markethill in South Armagh to the prosperous King’s Road, Belmont and Stormont suburbs of east Belfast, and from coastal fishing villages of the Ards Peninsula to the council estates of Cooks­town in Tyrone. I am seeing Union Jacks and even Ulster Volunteer Force flags where I never saw them before. Recent months have seen increasingly neurotic displays of loyalism in Protestant areas probably because, on present trends, Catholics are likely to be a majority in Northern Ireland by the end of the next decade. Of course, being Catholic does not mean you are nationalist but it’s a fairly good proxy. In the last Stormont assembly election in March 2017, Unionists lost the political majority in Northern Ireland for the first time.

     

     

    The latest census data we have on the North, from 2011, show that Protestants and Catholics are almost evenly split. But digging deeper, there is a profound variation in the proportion of Catholics and Protestants in various age groups. Of the elderly, those over 90 in the North, 64 per cent are Protestant and 25 per cent are Catholic. A total of 9 per cent had no declared religion. This division reflects the religious status quo when these people were born, in the 1920s, and more or less reflects the realities of the partition of Ireland. The numbers underscore the sectarian buffer that was supposed to ensure that Northern Ireland remains Protestant and Unionist. However, that didn’t envisage the flight of middle-class Protestants to universities in Scotland and England. Few come back. Today, that sectarian buffer is getting ever thinner.

     

     

    On Carrickasticken Road, north of Dundalk, the border between the Republic of Ireland (on the left) and Northern Ireland (on the right) is marked by nothing more than the end of the white line road markings © Sean Breithaupt

     

     

    In the census, when you look at the cohort of children born since 2008, the picture changes completely. Compared with the over-90s, among whom Protestants outnumber Catholics easily, the corresponding figure for the young is 34 per cent Protestant and 45 per cent Catholic. In one lifetime, the Catholic population in the youngest cohort has nearly doubled, while the Protestant cohort has almost halved. When you look ahead, you see that the Catholic population will soon be a majority and this could be as early as the end of the next decade. Protestant Northern Ireland is old, shrinking and increasingly nervous; Catholics in the six counties are young, expanding and confident.

     

     

    One of the most striking developments of the past three decades is how much richer the Republic of Ireland has become compared with the whole of the UK in general and Northern Ireland in particular. Commercially the union has been a calamity for Northern Ireland. Everyone has suffered financially, Catholic and Protestant, nationalist and unionist alike. Although rarely appreciated in the din of local politics and recrimination, as an economic experiment, Partition has been a disaster.

     

     

    A UVF (Ulster Volunteer Force) flag flies near a takeaway restaurant in Cookstown, Northern Ireland © Sean Breithaupt

     

     

    If we go back to Partition in 1921, 80 per cent of the industrial output of the entire island of Ireland came from the six counties that would become Northern Ireland, largely centred on Belfast. This was where all Irish industry was based. Northern Irish entrepreneurs and inventors were at the forefront of industrial innovation. By 1911, Belfast was the biggest city in Ireland and the north-east was by far the richest part of the island.

     

     

    The collapse of the once-dynamic Northern Irish economy versus that of the Republic is stunning. Having been a fraction of the North’s at independence, the Republic’s industrial output is now far greater than that of Northern Ireland. Exports of goods and services from the Republic are €282.4bn; total exports from the North stand at a paltry €10.1bn. This obviously reflects the investment of multinationals, but it also underscores just how far ahead is the Republic’s industrial base. Producing close to 30 times more exports highlights a vast difference in the globalis­ation of business. In the Republic, one in six people are foreign-born — higher than the UK. In the North it is fewer than one in 20. According to the most comparable international indicators, income per head is now €22,000 in the once wealthy Northern Ireland and €38,000 in the once impoverished Republic of Ireland.

     

     

    Over the years, the dependent nature of Northern Ireland’s economy has become endemic, with handouts from London replacing the urge to pay for itself. More subsidies have made the Northern economy more, not less, fragile. Economic supplicants rarely stand on their own two feet. If the North had to pay for itself now, its budget deficit would be about 27 per cent of its GDP.

     

     

    The UK’s annual subvention is just over €10bn annually. When seen from the perspective of the North, with its total GDP of under €50bn, it looks like a significant figure — but when seen from the perspective of Dublin, it is not insurmountable. The usual way financial markets assess whether national expenditure and debts are sustainable is the debt/GDP ratio. Northern Ireland would cost less than 4 per cent of the Irish Republic’s GDP annually. Of course, even this manageable figure would end up lower because the combined Irish GDP of the Republic combined with the North would be well over €300 billion, reducing the subvention as a percentage of income yet more. In pure budgetary terms, there is little doubt that the Republic’s economy could absorb the North and this is before the commercial dynamism of unification kicks in.

     

     

    Take Kilkenny and Armagh, two similar-sized provincial Irish towns, both with city status, both marketed as great places to visit. Armagh, like Kilkenny, has a vibrant cultural life. But — and here’s the big but — whereas TripAdvisor has reviews of 176 restaurants in Kilkenny, it has just 43 in Armagh.

     

     

    Loyalist/Unionist British flags outside a home on Belfast’s Shankill Road © Sean Breithaupt

     

     

    Kilkenny, in the South, has more than four times more restaurants than Armagh in the North, reflecting a divergent social scene, a more evolved tourist industry, much more sophisticated local economy and profoundly different levels of income and willingness to spend and consume. Casual TripAdvisor prosperity is the type of vibrant prosperity the South has and the North lacks.

     

     

    Back in the North, not far south of Armagh, is the village of Markethill, which each summer hosts the world’s biggest Lambeg drumming contest. This village is home to three fish-and-chip shops on one roundabout and an enormous arch celebrating Protestant victories at the battles of Derry, Aughrim, Enniskillen and the mother of them all, the Boyne. The huge banner at the edge of the village urges me to “Fear God, Honour the King and Love the Brotherhood”. Such sectarian slogans will not save the union with Britain.

     

     

    The muralists keeping peace in Belfast’s no man’s land

     

     

    Do you live in ‘Northern Ireland’ or ‘the north of Ireland’

     

     

    Demographics imply that Unionists will soon need Nationalists to vote Unionist to preserve the Union. This will only happen if Northern Ireland is prosperous and open, rendering the Union more attractive for middle-class Catholics than joining the resurgent, tolerant Republic. Arguably the best way Northern Ireland might achieve this is by embracing the “special status” trading option offered by the EU, whereby Northern Ireland would be a special trading region within both the EU and the UK. Investment would flood into Northern Ireland, the type of investment that has made the Republic wealthy. This is Unionism’s only long-term option.

     

     

    Prosperity, not Protestantism, will save the Union. Right now the biggest threat to this is the DUP and their Brexiter allies. The staunchly Unionist DUP is against special status and ultimately their stance threatens the Union. A Whitehall-dependent Northern Ireland is a poorer and more parochial Northern Ireland and as a result the Union is far less attractive to lukewarm Nationalist voters.

     

     

    The future of Northern Ireland is a bit like a custody battle where neither side — Ireland nor Britain — is particularly sure they want the child, but both know that the child can’t survive, financially or emotionally, on its own. Maybe it’ll have to be joint custody, because despite the divergent economic performances of the two Irelands, Ireland is not just about economics. Culturally, there is a deep strain within the Unionist tribe that won’t accept the Republic on any level. Once we were too Catholic for them, now — having voted for both gay marriage and abortion — we are too liberal.

     

     

    In the village of Bellaghy in County Derry, the Seamus Heaney HomePlace, an arts centre commemorating the late Irish poet, was opened in 2016 on the site of what was a police station for the Royal Ulster Constabulary © Sean Breithaupt

     

     

    Meanwhile, many in the Republic too want to preserve the status quo. While the South’s economic resurgence may make the prospect of a united Ireland financially more do-able, that very wealth means that the Irish middle class has much more to lose, given the political risks involved. A significant proportion of people in the Republic might not want unification because of the financial cost or the medium-term threat of civil war if loyalism decides to fight. Ultimately, it may be the case that the biggest enemy of unification is not unionism but soft-focus southern patriots, who are in no mood to risk their comforts to pay for the dole of unemployed Rangers fans from east Belfast.

     

     

    When Brexit was voted on, Ireland was barely mentioned in Britain. And yet here we are again, long after the continentals have stopped caring, a hundred years after the island of Ireland was carved up by London, trying mutually to figure out the best way forward.

     

     

    In Northern Ireland, politics is tribal but demographics is destiny. The prospect of a new Ireland is emerging. While the unification prediction made by Data in Star Trek might have been out by a decade or so, surely, in the critical years ahead, Mr Spock’s motto “live long and prosper” is a better option for all of us than “no surrender”.

     

     

    David McWilliams is an economist; @davidmcw. His latest book is ‘Renaissance Nation: How the Pope’s Children Rewrote the Rules for Ireland’, published by Gill Books

     

     

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    Letters in response to this article:

     

     

    A united Ireland? There are too many problems / From Philip G Cerny, York, UK

     

     

    Other economists could have contributed to a more balanced view of Northern Ireland / From Dr Graham Gudgin, Special Adviser to the First Minister, Northern Ireland, 1998-2002

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Irish governments’ overwhelming duty is to work together / From Michael Lillis, Dublin, Ireland

  6. And by the way, having trawled social media, the only reference I’ve seen to gambling was from the Daily Record. There was nothing specific from Brendan or Celtic. ‘Mon The Griff!!

  7. Sad news about Leigh…

     

     

    Good to see Celtic taking their duty of care to employees so seriously, with the money and fame Footballers get it’s easy to think they should just get on with it.

     

     

    I commented yesterday, that for Leigh opportunity knocks…

     

     

    …of course my reference then was getting back into contention as Celtic striker, yet the opportunity Leigh has in front of him is so much more important than that, it’s a challenge that many, often footballers get to face very late, when the best opportunities for help and support available is in their past.

     

     

    Not so for Leigh, he has every chance to turn things round and make a healthy and successful comeback…

     

     

    He has a family that needs him at his best and a football family that looks forward to once again seeing him at his best…

     

     

    Good luck Leigh and God Bless…

     

     

    Hail Hail

  8. JOBO BALDIE @ 3.02 .

     

     

    I interpreted that as Paul expressing the thought that the game /business of football has need of characters /personalities who attract interest / comment / media attention etc . I recently heard an Italian Media Pundit opining that Antonio Cassano increased attendances across Italy wherever and whenever he played.

  9. Would the ‘aftermath’ of a united ireland, have any effect on Celtic FC, and its supporters ?

     

     

    Would the Celtic supporters who have been praying, in song, for Ireland to be free, find themselves at some point in the future, being ‘processed’ by the authorities of, Ireland and Britain, to complete the closing of the circle, that has been incomplete, since the leaving of the Irish from their home land, to all corners of the world, and might the ancestors of those who left, maybe be offered the possibility of returning, as Sir Rod Stewart used to sing….

     

     

    Sir Rod ” We are sailing, home again, across the sea, to be near you, to be free!”

     

     

    Awfy strange messages in the stratosphere, awfy strange ¡¿¡¿¡¿

     

     

    Hmmmmm.

     

     

    Leigh, I hope it works out pal. If it doesn’t…. thanks for the memories. √

     

    Hail! Hail!

     

     

    Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

  10. traditionalist88 on

    KEV on 12TH DECEMBER 2018 3:42 PM

     

    Would the ‘aftermath’ of a united ireland, have any effect on Celtic FC, and its supporters ?

     

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    Mark McGhee is still no getting the Celtic job, so no change there.

     

     

    HH

  11. kev,

     

     

    do you mean a why dont you go home policy ?

     

     

    and that sailing song used to confuse the life out me, it was used for a documentary about the ark royal, but sung sometimes at celtic games.

  12. SAINT STIVS – The FT article is a very interesting read. If people put prosperity as a priority then unification is a no-brainer. The staunch loyalists will never stand for it though as the DUP have demonstrated these past couple of years. They do not represent a future-facing Northern Ireland yet here they are propping up and controlling the British government.

     

    As many have said, God help Scotland if it ever happens.

  13. I think the point that Paul was making was that the likes of Leigh Griffiths are genuine entertainers in the football world. I can only echo that. Leigh represents more than this though. An Edinburgh lad, he has to withstand the pressure of being the modern day, number one Glasgow Celtic player who is most questioned in Scotland. Leigh stands alongside Celtic legends like Aiden McGeady, Neil Lennon, Tommy Burns and Jimmy Johnstone ( and there are undoubtedly more ) who withstood the same. Each of them had their own way of dealing with it and it is constant in Glasgow and thereabouts. Any reasonably-minded person living outside this “maelstrom” would shudder and shake their head at all of it. However, as earlier posters said, and the manager, the important thing now is Leigh the human being, The Celtic family needs to help him as much as possible to get back on the tracks. Leigh has been brilliant for Celtic and Hibs and Scotland, a true entertainer. I hope Leigh gets the help he needs and finds himself.

  14. This “custom” of “welcoming” away team buses to your stadium needs to be eradicated. The River/Boca fiasco was born out of that.

  15. RIMTIMTIM – I think someone said on here a while ago that to host CL finals, team buses need to be able to drive into the stadium itself and not leave the players outside, something we cannot do at present. Someone posted some videos of the last time Sevco came to CP and it was cringeworthy listening to the abuse thrown at their players by a few Celtic fans determined to call them every obscenity they could dream up. Just banter of course, in their eyes.

     

    In Argentina it was clearly a level way beyond that. Windows getting smashed in, players covered in glass etc. but that was while it was still moving and I think that bus did eventually enter the stadium. SO unless they bring them in by helicopter or underground they can always be targeted by the nutcases.

  16. Buddy Morrisey @ 1:15 pm

     

     

    Anyone else concerned about green brigade “inviting’ fans to turn up at 6:15 and welcome the team bus?

     

     

    Nope! I’ve seen fans do this through the ages- can’t see what is possibly wrong with it.

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Are they also planning to organise a hostile welcome for Salzburg similar to that offered by Liverpool fans last year?

     

     

    Not in any public forum. The Green Brigade website states:-

     

     

    WELCOME THE TEAM BUS

     

    v Salzburg

     

     

    The Celtic Way

     

    18.15

     

     

    Straight into the ground after

     

     

    “We’re going to try and encourage everyone to turn up in numbers and meet the team coming off the bus for this one, show them we’re aw right behind them and get everyone fired up for a massive night for us.

     

     

    Realise 6.15 is a bit of a stretch for some, but it’s dictated to us by the time the team need to be in by, so it is what it is. Take a change of clothes to work, buy a scoop the night before etc, easily done.

     

     

    Hopefully be able to pull big numbers and then get into the ground early and get the place going as well.

     

     

    Share about, the more we can get it out the better”

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Have they collected sufficient money to pay Celtic’s fine, if they do?

     

     

    Should we not establish that dirty deeds are planned or enacted before we castigate people for imagined crimes?

     

     

    Where are we getting the idea that they want to do a River Plate (vs Boca) or a Liverpool (v Man City)? Do they have any record for doing this to raise your suspicions?

  17. Just listened to BR talking about Leigh.

     

     

    Great empathy and actions to match. BR what a great ambassador for our club. Get well soon Leigh, YNWA.

     

     

    HH , more than just a club.

     

     

    PS : The rumours have been circulating for a good while now.

  18. traditionalist88 on

    DENIABHOY on 12TH DECEMBER 2018 4:38 PM

     

     

    SO unless they bring them in by helicopter or underground they can always be targeted by the nutcases.

     

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    Lets get a red carpet out for them while we’re at it eh.

     

     

    FFS

  19. Best wishes to oor Leigh in his recovery from whatever ails him, the whole Celtic family are with you wee man!

     

     

    Get yourself in a good place and come back to continue your position as a hun skelper!

  20. SETTING FREE THE BEARS FOR RES. 12 & OSCAR KNOX on 12TH DECEMBER 2018 4:43 PM

     

     

    You are ignoring the Green Brigade’s well documented propensity for psychopathic violence and physical confrontation.

     

     

    Hanging is indeed too good for them. It’s a good kick in the arse they need.

  21. GRIFF SONG ( Pinball Wizard – The WHO )… Ever since he was a young boy , he just loves scoring goals , from Livingston to Celtic he’s always played that role , some people just don’t like him , but he doesn’t care at all , cos by the full time whistle he’s scored the winning goal …….. He may be small in stature but he plays just like a dream , his left foots made of magic he always strikes it clean , and when we go to ibrox he puts the Huns through hell , cos when they call him thumbheid he scores with that as well ……… He’s a football wizard he never seems to miss , his names Leigh Griffiths but we just call him GRIFF…….. https://pbs.twimg.com/media/DKT00TjW4AA7e68.jpg

  22. Taking the tickets for Ibrox is one thing and open to debate. Releasing a statement saying we’re taking the tickets is embarrassing. Why do our Board need to give that mob credence. If we’re taking the tickets, just sell them. No need for an official club statement.

  23. TRADITIONALIST88 – Never suggested any such thing as putting out a red carpet. I made the point that attacks like the one in Argentina where players get injured due to the thugs “welcoming them” with weapons and missiles could not be stopped unless you fly them in or bring them in underground. I clearly said that is on a completely different level to the screaming of obscenities which happens all the time here. Can’t say I am a fan of that either, but it seems to make some people’s match day experience that bit better. Just hope their kids aren’t subjected to it.

  24. Kev

     

     

    “Would the Celtic supporters who have been praying, in song, for Ireland to be free, find themselves at some point in the future, being ‘processed’ by the authorities of, Ireland and Britain, to complete the closing of the circle, that has been incomplete, since the leaving of the Irish from their home land, to all corners of the world, and might the ancestors of those who left, maybe be offered the possibility of returning, as Sir Rod Stewart used to sing….”

     

     

    The ancestors of those who left may be offered the possibility of returning????

     

     

    Baffling to say the least..

  25. Absolute disgrace accepting tickets for that cesspit, have the people that made this decision ever been up close to these fucking animals at a derby match, I doubt it very much. Disaster waiting to happen… Scunnered!

  26. GREENPINATA on12TH DECEMBER 2018 4:43 PM

     

     

    Just listened to BR talking about Leigh.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Great empathy and actions to match. BR what a great ambassador for our club. Get well soon Leigh, YNWA.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    HH , more than just a club.

     

     

    Leigh and importantly, his family, will have the support of great people, and the Club, to help them all through this,the hardest part is putting your hand up,and saying that you have a problem. He has achieved this.

  27. Hello from London , waitingn on a train back to Manchester.

     

    Sad to hear of LG,s issues but pleased that the club are taking a public and worthy stance. Good luck to the wee pest.

     

    Reading on here about concerns over the Green Brigade, have we not taken offence for no reason? From what I understood the GB intend to greet our own team and CGAF when the other Mob arrives?

     

    As for the tickets at Ipox, I understand all arrangements are well in hand to deliver our support there. What happens in there will be dictated by events on the pitch. HH

  28. Have a great night everyone, off to football practice now with my 6-year-old. Not many at his Spanish school familiar with the Hoops he wears to practice but he tells them Celtic are the best team in the world. Wonder where he heard that from?

  29. Damned if you do, damned if you don’t accept the token ticket allocation.

     

     

    Celtic Football Club have had bigger hills to die on, and didn’t , in connection with Sevco but this is just another of many missed opportunities since they started out in 2012 .

     

     

    Yours disgusted

     

    Tunbridge Wells

  30. Deniabhoy, That was good to hear. I hope you’re 6 YO will have lots of fellow Celtic supporters amongst his friends by the time he is finished.

  31. Setting Free the Bears

     

     

    I´m just a bit worried that Celtic get caught up in this latest football fashion of cheering your own team into the stadium on European nights and inevitably abusing the opposing team bus as well.. This needs to be discouraged, but like in Buenos Aries it´s outside the stadium so the club is less able to deal with it. All the supporters are doing it in Spain and they gather three hours before a game. In Argentina it can be five hours! Many of the crowd don´t even have a ticket for the game. Hopefully this will not catch on round Parkhead.

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