As big a game as we’ll have for the rest of the season


I like the noises coming out of Ross County at the moment. Plucky optimism accompanied by comments about our Scottish Cup semi-final in 2010, when they fully deserved their 2-0 win. They are the proverbial team with nothing to lose, and make no mistake, they’ll fancy it.

They scored 2 against Motherwell, Aberdeen (in a defeat), Dunfermline and St Johnstone, 3 against Accies and Kilmarnock, and 5 against Dundee since last month. Hampden’s open spaces will see Celtic’s defence stretched wide.

After a disappointing summer and autumn we have a bit of form and focus but that goes on the line on Sunday. It’s as big a game as we’ll have for the rest of the season, bigger than Wednesday’s visit to Pittodrie.

I’m reassured by thoughts of Leigh Griffiths, and others, including Kris Commons, who enjoys trips to Hampden more than any player we’ve known, but this is a day when we’ll need to win a lot of individual battles.  It’s not a game I’d bet on.

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  1. glendalystonsils on

    I think we’ve just regressed a few centuries if the bullybillyboys are able to exercise such a reign of fear in this country.


    Civilisation, enlightenment RIP.

  2. No bobby does it petta



    One of the guys at my daughter’s drama school in Kildare is Glaswegian and has been in loads of UK TV and teaches acting in London I think. Has been directing theatre in Dublin too. Wrote the sketch my kid won 4th at all Ireland for comedy. Bit of an all rounder. I’ll find out if he does reviews for guys starting out like yourself.




    Regressed a few centuries ok.


    Right back to 1701 and the Protestant and Hanoverian Succession.


    It would have been easier, if thems just read a book about it:)




  4. If true, is Sevco signing Billy King and admission that they cannot afford to buy O’Halloran?



    And will the MSM, particularly Matt Lindsey of the herald, be questioning why Hearts loaning a player to the team who are their rivals main challengers for the league. We had plenty of mock indignation re. stokes moving to Hibs on loan!

  5. Lennon’s Passion



    i loved the skill of that man Naka. We hardly ever talk about him though. Had way more impact on silverware and the team overall than Lubo IMHO but we talk about him all the time.



    funny auld game

  6. Lennon’s Passion



    I need to know if you were calling me a hypocrite before I open your link to Naka.

  7. traditionalist88 on




    Naka was quality but Lubo was a genius with both feet.



    if Naka’s first two bosses were Venglos and Barnes I don’t think he’d have had much to write home about;)




  8. The Graham Spiers story is just another example of classic Scotland, and classic grade A bigotry.



    The real Billy Boys may or may not sing the songs but they clearly hum along in the background. Rangers and the new offspring were born of the same spawn and it is because of bigotry we saw Rangers demise, and it is because of bigotry we have a same club absurdity.



    Were it not for the Billy Boys they’d have taken the consequences, the real bigots are the still the men in the bowler hats, the new club has taken its mantra from the old.



    It can only end one way for Sevco they should have learned from Rangers history.

  9. Joe Filippis Haircut on

    Billy King looks to be moving from Hearts to the Rangers the huns will have a new hero. H.H.

  10. Billy King will just be a jersey seller for the vermin,as BSR says,when is the orange strip coming back?

  11. Celtic could loan their 1st team of players to the likes of Hibs Falkirk and QOS It would not matter the corrupt fackers at Hamdumph woukd still find a way to get them scum promoted to the SPL.




  12. BADA BING!! on 28TH JANUARY 2016 5:06 PM


    Billy King will just be a jersey seller for the vermin



    Make little difference to them, Ashley on the other hand…….

  13. Nakamura – must comment.



    It was worth buying a season-book just to see him.



    Wonderful goals like against Man Utd – but will never forget his priceless free kick at Love St.



    We were ‘huffing and puffing’ and looked like we were heading for a draw – then he cut inside and ‘won’ a foul – of course he knew what he was doing, all great players do – then to a chorus of “cheat” from the home fans, he did what we were all expecting, and tucked it away in the keeper’s left-hand corner.



    Oh for another like Naka!!!!

  14. Delaneys Dunky on




    Two of the best!


    My work secretary’s 12 year old son got the Celtic top with Nakamura on the back at Christmas. The wonder of You Tube for today’s youth. His favourite player ever seen in the Hoops. :)

  15. !!BADA BING!! on 28TH JANUARY 2016 1:10 PM



    Celtic have helped perpetuate the Big Lie.I agree with Cowiebhoy’s theory,when the Zombies rose from the rotting carcass of RFC to play their 1st game,a simple 2 line statement would have nailed our colours firmly to the mast forever.Along the lines of ‘We welcome Sevco FC to Scottish football,blah blah blah,yours in sport,CFC’,end of story.As TBB alludes to,what chance of a statement if Sevco are promoted this season,when the Laptop Loyal will build it up to be WW3 ?






    Boycott The Herald






    Boycott Park’s



    – See more at: http://www.celticquicknews.co.uk/as-big-a-game-as-well-have-for-the-rest-of-the-season/#sthash.QPy5jDPx.dpuf




    A statement at the right time might have helped but when was the right time?



    There was no official statement by the SFA to counter and at the time everyone thought Rangers were dead because they were.



    Myths don’t just appear out of thin air. They get life by repetition over time. They are an elusive beast to tie down, ask Nessie hunters.



    Had we kent then what we ken noo and there was an identifiable point to make our view known I’d say Celtic could have done something to nail the beast, but by the time it had got into the wild it was too late.

  16. Just seen this on the ole Official Site (of EKFC ;-) )










    We can confirm that full arrangements for the public sale of East Kilbride FC tickets for the William Hill Scottish tie against Celtic will be communicated on Friday 29th January. A communication will also be issued to the secretary of each team within our club, which will detail the process for the distribution and purchase of the internal club allocation. The ticket cost is £20 for adults, and £8 for children under 16, no other concessions are available on this occasion. We would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone for their support, patience and understanding in what has been a very busy week, since our 4th Round victory over Lothian Thistle Hutchison Vale.



    Better look out my half and half scarf. Or sew 2 together for wanbigwan ;-)

  17. traditionalist88 on

    hebcelt on 28th January 2016 5:30 pm



    Mr Pastry was it not v Killie??





    The one at Rugby Park to clinch the title springs to mind…




  18. Pannysbhoy…




    From memory of the lists I saw, hearts lost out more financially than any other club including us.



    Ps. Glad I checked your moniker before hitting post…as it was pansybhoy. :)) no offence intended. HH

  19. Delaneys Dunky on




    I emailed EKFC for two tickets for the tie. They sent me an acknowledgement email thanking me for my interest. Do you think they may offer me the two tickets?

  20. Ah Mr Pastry…Welcome back to the blog.


    Even though you are a headcase:)



    Hail Hail.


    Re Spiers,this isn’t the first time that the Huns have called him out and The Herald crumbled.



    He was scathing about their finances in 2004. Murray was quoted in an interview-in The Record,I think-saying that while Spiers still worked ther,he wouldn’t advertise it and that Rangers fans should stop buying it.



    Spiers was out the door in no time. Shameful stuff from all involved.



    Having said that,he was clearly wrong to say that Ibrox was a bigotfest that night. It stands to reason that there was no sectarian singing whatsoever that night.



    Because Pat Nevin has vowed to call it out whenever he hears it,and he has been schtuum.

  22. DD…



    I’ve told the story about meeting Naka with the kids on here before.



    My bhoy will tell you personally over a beer in Dublin :))

  23. Auldheid



    I agree with your reply to Bada Bing @ 5.29



    But if the ‘Celtic statement’ – I prefer to refer to it as Celtic’s official publicised stance on ‘cheating by old Rangers’ extends to another SPL season likely to incorporate new Rangers inception, then like some others – I believe its too late for the good of the Scottish game.



    If we have court decisions and not delay, Celtic will have no excuse, to nail our colours to the mast. There can be no excuse and Celtic require to align itself with our supporters, regardless .



    I believe Celtic are down on support because of the continual propping up of the new club and the vision of its inception to become our city rival.

  24. Aulheid – as always you are the voice of sanity.



    It is pointless and would be self-defeating for Celtic to issue any comment on the Sevco fiasco whilst there are umpteen court cases ‘on the go’.



    There can be no doubt that the Celtic board would back ‘to the hilt’ any feasible plan that could see us play in another league set-up – but at this moment in time, there is nowhere to go.



    We have had a board made up of a Deputy Bank of England Governor, a senior Cabinet Minister and top businessmen from top companies – so the idea that Celtic are ‘running scared’, or, don’t have the nous to address the injustice and intimidation surrounding the Sevco fiasco, is risible.



    In due course we will have our ‘day’ and it will not have been encumbered by rash statements and/or ‘shooting from the hip’ at every ‘fiddles fart’ in this farce.

  25. Delaneys Dunky on




    Are you glad you live 300 miles away from this dark, masonic, satanic wee country.


    McCarthyism here. Scunnered wi it!

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