Billy and Davie on Caesar and the Assassin


Billy McNeill and Davie Hay met the press at Celtic Park yesterday, along with Alex Gordon, who authored their time as managers of Celtic.  It didn’t disappoint……

Billy was self-effacing as ever.  For all purposes, today he is an ordinary Celtic fan, so much so you need to remind yourself that there is nothing in the club game he hasn’t done.  Yesterday was about his days as Celtic manager but he made the point that Davie Hay was a profound influence on him as a team-mate.

The take-away thought I had on Davie Hay was about his range of knowledge and experience.  He has done so much in the game which still pulses in his veins.  Does Scotland still produce men of his calibre?  If so, why are we not giving them a platform to flourish?

There is tons of great stuff in the book from both men:

“We were already a goal down nine minutes into the second-half when Johnny Doyle was ordered off.  As he came off, I remember telling him he would be in serious trouble if we lost.

“I was furious, especially as we were in such a desperate situation at the time.

“Afterwards in the foyer, Jimmy Johnstone, Bobby Murdoch, Mike Jackson, Paul Wilson, Pat McCluskey, Benny Rooney and a whole host of former players were dancing around in amazement.

“Jinky was as happy as I’ve seen him. That win meant so much to anyone with an affiliation with Celtic.”

– Billy McNeill on winning the league against Rangers in 1979.

“I arranged for someone to cut out the stories and pin them to the walls of our dressing room at Love Street.

“I said nothing, but I could see the players reading the clippings. It was having the desired effect. It’s never clever to dismiss Celtic.

“It’s history now that we won 5-0 and Hearts lost 2-0.

“I think I still owe [Albert Kidd] a pint!”

-Davie Hay on winning the league at Love St in 1986.

The book’s great, reading the step-by-step accounts of what happened from the managers’ view, you’ll love it.  I know I’m biased but it’s the best thing CQN has done, a wee bit of our history set down on record.

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  1. Auldheid




    Where do we go from here?At what juncture is res 12 at?


    Totally sickened,like everyone else,at those who (mis)govern our sport and get a way with it.


    LNS outcome was akin to the World Cycling Body letting Lance Armstrong keep all his gongs ,because at the time he was doping himself up to his eyeballs,they were not aware of it,therefore no cheating.




    On a lighter note,what about CQN and the CSA getting together and having an end of season rally at the Hydro.imagine the Dark Side spewing as they see that huge structure lit up


    With the Celtic crest.



    Imagine all the charitable projects that could benefit from that.


    We could sell it out no bother,hopefully with RD centre stage with the treble




  2. starry plough



    I would prefer to see Griff myself but wouldn;t be disappointed with either starting. If Ronny plays both it would be interesting.




  3. LB,



    I was just away to post that we might see both.



    Griff playing that wee bit deeper.

  4. LiviBhoy



    For whatever reason I don’t think Griffo is going to cut it at Celtic, I thought he looked lost in Europe but would be glad to see him at least get a run.



    A lot of seemingly good footballers come to us and warm the bench or disappear into the Celtic coaching system!

  5. As Scepovic has come off the bench in last couple of games, and Griffiths hasn’t even been on it (may have been injured), I would assume that Scepovic will start.


    Griffiths, IMO, will leave in January.

  6. starry plough



    As I have said before about Pukki and the same applies to Griff and Scepovic. They need about half a dozen starts on the trot to even be able to judge them properly.



    Griff has the ability. He scores all types of goals. Maybe the hair growing in on his heid will calm him a bit.


    Did I really just say that???? Time for lunch!




  7. starry plough .



    Good !



    I have been collecting vinyl Chrimbo choons since late primary school.. Probably one of the reasons my Primary 6 teacher recommended that I be referred to a child psychologist..



    Still trawling every bin I find . Visited a market in Messina a few weeks ago . Sicilian Hells Angel selling choons —– usual stuff — Beatles / Stones / Elvis / Elton John etc : Forced myself to keep on keepin on and got my reward when up popped these –



    Double Lp -Terry Allen -Lubbock ( On Everything ) -an absolute gem of an LP from 79 and even better this 7 ” – Johnny Bush -When My Conscience Hurts The Most . Both stamped property of The US Navy . Cue 2 pals receiving an unexpected and might fine Chrimbo present.!

  8. Jonny the Tim



    This is generated by Hibs fans who worship the guy. I have been told though that Hibs will not break their wage structure to pay him what Celtic will want them to pay. I would keep him until the summer. Players can change when they get a feel of a trophy. We will be going for it on 4 fronts for a while yet. Griff is a seasoned campaigner and a battler. He is going to be important in the cups and certainly in the league. Injuries can play their part and suspensions. Stokes and Guidetti are the preferred front two at the minute but we need cover. New players can come in flying but Griffiths has been over the course up here and should be kept. I would not want to put too much pressure on Scepovic this early in his career.




  9. sipsini


    12:09 on


    10 December, 2014





    Trampoline just flipped over






    i need to get my lazy wean wan o them.




    a trampoline that flips itself over

  10. Natknow




    All out war With them ,if they try the ole incubator trick again,and maybe this time We should take the lead,instead of leaving it to the provincial clubs

  11. Livibhoy



    I agree 100% re. Griffiths. I’d like Ronny to start giving him more game time. I would actually prefer to pair Griff with Guidetti rather than Stokes.




  12. West End of East End on

    Livibhoy – I agree with you on LG, he knows where the goal is and will do us a turn in league and cup games. He did look a little lightweight when playing in Europe but I’d keep him, I think he will want to stay and prove himself as well….