Belief the key for Celtic


I sat beside Stevie Chalmers and Bobby Lennox on Friday night at the excellent Irvine Celtic Supporters’ Club.  The conversation eventually got around to Inter Milan.  It’s hard to over-estimate the Inter team they faced in Lisbon.  Going for their third European Cup in four years, and their fourth Italian title in five, they were the most imperious team Europe had ever seen, and arguably remain so.  Real Madrid won five successive European Cups, but that consistency was not repeated domestically.

Despite this, Bobby and Stevie made it clear: Inter didn’t stand a chance.  They were going to win that game, no matter what, there was not a single shred of doubt in their minds.  It was a confidence which belied external reasoning and could only have existed within the team structure.

Talking about it 48 years later, the sense of purpose remains just as strong.  That team believed they could do anything. I’ve heard contrasts. Gordon Strachan’s Celtic never came close to winning the Champions League, but I once heard him break off from a press conference to ask the room, “Who seriously thinks we have a chance of winning this?” Gordon’s lack of confidence was well grounded, but it didn’t feel right hearing him declare in this way. I prefer Ronny’s “We can win everything’ approach.

The Inter of 2015 are not in the same class as the Inter of ’67 but they remain formidable.  Like Celtic, they are a team who appear to be progressing after a period of decline, but like La Grande Inter of Sarti, Facchetti and Mazzola, they don’t have a clue what to expect from Celtic.

Thanks for all the ticket requests for CQN11 St Pat’s Dinner over the last few days. It’s at the Kerrydale Suite on Friday 13 March, Cup Final weekend. Email me if you would like a ticket,

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  1. Off to Paradise despite having a bona fide case of proper flu.


    I have a feeling that tonights game will live long in the memory, hopefully not because I vomit on the supporter in front of me.


    Till later bhoys, be nice,be noisy,be safe.




  2. here we go , leaving in about 20 minutes….nae booze for Lent , so will toast any positive result with tea and toast……..`mon the Hoops , I`ll take a draw at worst , let it be so….

  3. The coppers lose data again eh! Tsk tsk.



    Do they really expect us to believe that guff. Oh and data just doesn’t dissappear at the press of a button. There are ways to recover it and it takes cleansing to get rid of it.



    Liars. Unaccountable liars.

  4. mike in toronto on




    Unfortunately, it looks like I will be stuck in the office, so not sure if I will be able to join you. If my situation resolves, I will drop by and say hello.



    Otherwise, it will be CQN and listening to the game on CelticTV for me, I’m afraid..

  5. Good luck to one and all at the game and those watching in pubs , clubs and at hame.



    May the SPIRIT be with us tonight



    Hail Hail

  6. 50 shades of green on

    So is it Efe or Adam ?



    Is it Jamesy or Gary ?



    Is it Big John or Wee Leigh ?



    Never mind that where o where does SA fit in.



    For the answers to these and many more questions I am off to Celtic park to find out.



    Mon the hoops.



    P.s I would go with the second named player above after each question. As for SA , think a place will be found for him.



    Oops as I type news that Kris is out ( solves the SA conundrum ).





  7. Classics in Europe



    19 Feb 2015 6:30pm


    Celtic v Real Madrid: 1980


    Duration: 30mins


    Celtic v Real Madrid. Highlights of the 1980 European Cup quarter-final first leg at Celtic Park.

  8. jobo baldie



    17:05 on 19 February, 2015


    No, I meant that it feels about 3 degrees, 4 tops ;-)



    Genuine LOL moment. Well done.

  9. Sitting in pub, first pint up, waiting on crew, reading thru blog, get to bigphil predicting 4-0 and what pipes up on sound system? – don’t stop believin’.



    4-0 it is!

  10. Guys


    Late in the day I know but my brother has asked if I can source a ticket. In the Blane Valley but heading up to the ground in next 15 mins if anything going. Cheers

  11. 50 shades of green on




    Cheers mate tivo set for that now.



    One Johnny Doyle there’s only one Johnny Doyle.

  12. No problems Mike, been there myself celebrating half way through a conference call before going on mute. Hail Hail!



    The key tonight is for guys like Adam to step up to the plate…


    I hope I’ve not jinxed the guy….but his form concerns me.


    I think Griffiths will find it tough tonight also, to make an impact / get involved



    I expect however everyone to work hard…. And with Johansen, Armstrong, Broony, and the likes running til they drop…. I have hope in my heart, we’ll do o.k

  14. I see a few shouts for Efe…


    I don’t see it myself.


    Why draft a guy in who hasn’t kicked a ball for 7 weeks.


    It’s a fragile trust, but Adam Matthews it has to be..

  15. Just off the ‘phone to my Inter supporting pal who wished me ‘awrabest’ for tonight. Jolly decent of him!



    He also said he would not contact me for a day or two after tonight.



    “Good idea!”, I replied.







  16. All I want tonight is a FAIR referee.



    Then GAME ON!!



    C’MON THE CELTS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  17. Its quiet on here tonight, everybody must be going to game. The quietness is making me nervous, any nonsense at all will do, just so I know I’m not the only guy watching the clock. with a clenched gut.

  18. Good luck to the team tonight. Tight at the back and a few moments of quality in the final third will do me nicely!

  19. Corkcelt



    Been to Cork once for work and walked into the boozer near the train station. The barmaid was from edinburgh. Bizarre! Cracking wee town. Wish I was able to spend longer there.




  20. Calling All Celts



    We should give Stan Collymore our full backing in the multimedia environment on this.





    Take them off the airwaves till they stop their anti Catholic religion chanting. We know the same chanting against Judaism or Islam would not be tolerated in any other UK football ground on TV



    Would like to hear the Scottish medias view of Stan Collymores answer to this chanting…?






    Well said Stan the Man

  21. northbhoy ... \o/ on




    Heading out the door with scarf in hand and hope in my heart.



    Come on the Celllllllllliiiiiiicccccc !!



    Hail Hail the Celts are HERE !

  22. I really hope we can impose our style of play that we’ve seen in recent weeks – hopefully 1-0 or 2-0 to take over to Milan.



    Good luck

  23. Livi, Its a grand old town OK. Unfortunately I no longer live there, I’m about an hour or so away in Clonmel Co. Tipperary. Still have plenty of family there and call down regularly.

  24. Corkcelt



    Got the train to Dublin. Sure it passed through the home of Bulmers. Lovely part of the world is the Emerald Isle.




  25. mild mannered Pedro delgado on

    Sorry if already posted but can anyone provide the link to the YouTube thing where the Mexican is discussing rangers. And laughing his head off.

  26. Not quite through Clonmel Livi, It would go through County Tipp. OK probably stopping at Limerick Junction and Thurles.