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News that the Maribor game later this month is on the season book has setup a dramatic climax to what will be remembered for decades as a remarkable month in our history.  We didn’t ask for this situation.  As we drifted away from Murrayfield, our thoughts were only of Celtic’s abject display, but nine days and two Uefa Disciplinary hearings later, we’re through to the Champions League play-off round next week.

For Legia Warsaw, the pill is unbearably bitter.  So much so, they had to appeal to Uefa, and on to the Court of Arbitration for Sport, despite scant cause.  CAS who will eventually be asked to determine if Uefa’s rules were interpreted correctly.  Which they were.  The consequences for Legia are so abrupt their reactions are understandable.

Football affects us in ways which are not always beneficial.  There was nothing Legia fans could do to remove their distress this past week, but reading comments, by fans of another Scottish club on this subject, has given a glimpse into the human condition.

The emotional investment by some Scottish football fans in Legia’s forlorn cause has evidently resulted in untold misery.  Celtic fell into the Clyde and came out holding a winning Euromillions ticket.  It was unplanned for, random and undeserved, but it happened and, right now, Celtic are the luckiest team in the world.

At a time when their phoenix club is falling apart before their eyes, our unearned good fortune has caused volumes of hilarious, angry, ranting.  Efforts to explain it as a consequence of immoral plots (as well as running the Celtic, the SFA, the SPFL, Glasgow City Council and The Commonwealth, Peter Lawwell also manipulates Uefa’s Disciplinary Body) demonstrate classic evidence of our old friend, Cognitive Dissonance.

We were blind lucky, accept that, or continue to give the rest of the world new and innovative ways to enjoy their football.  It’s not worth the dissonance.

It’s been an interesting week in the media.  Neil McCann’s excitable misinterpretation of the rules on Wednesday was a highlight, but the paper which brought you ‘news’ that Celtic wanted Dan Pertrescu to be manager, who declined as he was warned the club have problems by Neil Lennon, subsequently got a second story when they ran a properly sourced article denying ‘reports’ Neil spoke to Pertrescu.

I’m also loving reading those who in the media were spinning anti-Celtic nonsense that Neil left because he wasn’t happy with the player budget, now suggesting he could take over Crystal Palace, after Tony Pulis left because he wasn’t happy with the player budget.

Nonsense like this is never random, it has a purpose………..

On a related subject, I’m gutted for Palace, their fans, and for Pulis. The economics of the entire English league structure doesn’t work. Well-run clubs with good managers will be weeded out and relegated, as crazy debt-junkies inflate the bubble a little longer. Scottish football may be poor, but there are only two of our 42 clubs in any sort of financial danger.

Flag Day tomorrow, get along early, give Fergus a warm welcome back, and bring some change for The Kano Foundation bucket collection on the way in. Remember to join Fergus, Jim Craig and others from the Celtic Graves Society for the Jimmy Quinn event at Kilsyth Cemetery.

Thank you to everyone who gave so generously to Mary’s Meals by entering our competition for tickets in the comfy seats tomorrow.  I’m proud of every one of you.  My thanks also to Magners for helping out.  The competition is now closed, winners will be informed by email shortly, so check your inbox!

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  1. macjay1 for Neil Lennon on

    lionroars67

     

    06:31 on

     

    16 August, 2014

     

    macjay1 for Neil Lennon

     

    06:23 on

     

    16 August, 2014

     

     

    Will you be support a political party in Australia who wanted a return to British rule.

     

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    Strange question.

     

    Which political party in Australia are you referring to?

  2. twists n turns

     

    06:29 on

     

    16 August, 2014

     

     

    LG is a selfish player and IMO is best suited to the lone striker role, whether he has the physical attributes to score at C/L level remains to be seen, will Ronny play him in his best position ?

  3. macjay1 for Neil Lennon

     

    06:35 on

     

    16 August, 2014

     

     

     

    How has the world been helped by an independent Australia ?

     

     

    Why did Australia leave British rule ?

     

     

    Mr Abbot quote below

     

     

    When Australia left British rule wasn’t that unfriendly to friends of justice and freedom

     

     

     

    “But as a friend of Britain, as an observer from afar, it’s hard to see how the world would be helped by an independent Scotland.

     

     

    “I think that the people who would like to see the break-up of the United Kingdom are not the friends of justice, the friends of freedom, and the countries that would cheer at the prospect… are not the countries whose company one would like to keep.”

  4. Lionroars 67

     

     

    I hear ya bud and don’t know the answer to your question, but from my point of view if Ronnie can find how to best fit him into his system, he will do well. Quality players are currently a bit thin on the ground at CP at present ( in my opinion) , but I do think Griffiths can make an impact. I hope so anyway.

  5. good morning bhoys & ghirls

     

     

    really lookig foward to flag day

     

    and the return of wee fergus

     

     

    while others live in the past and dream of the good old days

     

     

    the delapidated stadium a third full and second in the league was our best

     

     

    a few wanted to save the club they loved but no idea how

     

     

    except the bunnet

     

     

    he had an idea

     

    he had a plan

     

    he had some cash

     

     

    all he needed was the fans to support him in this plan

     

     

    and today we fans support the team in there plan going for 4iar

     

     

    god bless every single one of you that makes this possible

     

     

    have a happy flag day

     

     

    as for the smsm…..GIRFUY

     

     

    jam67

  6. twists n turns

     

    06:44 on

     

    16 August, 2014

     

     

    Yes as RD has said he can finish, there is no doubt he is currently the best at Celtic park in that department

  7. macjay1 for Neil Lennon on

    lionroars67

     

    06:42 on

     

    16 August, 2014

     

     

    I respond to an insult to Tony Abbott P.M. of Australia which refers to him as a “clown”.

     

    That`s all.

     

    I point out the inconsistency of describing Tony Abbott as a clown while failing to describe the undermentioned as “clowns”.

     

    “US President Barack Obama and Chinese premier Li Keqiang have previously voiced support for the UK.”

     

     

    You seek to change the subject,Only you know why.

     

    Of what possible relevance to the above are the questions which you have posed me?

  8. Getting a bit tiresome listening to foreigners tell us how to vote. Oh and then tell us they are not telling us how to vote.

     

    You want boris Johnston as you pm. Easy. Vote “no”

     

    If you don’t have a vote …. Sorry your opinion is less relevant. You don’t live with the outcome

  9. Neil canamalar Lennon hunskelper extrordinaire on

    Macjay…,What a wonderful man, all the qualities of jimmy Saville

  10. macjay1 for Neil Lennon on

    antipodean red

     

    06:57 on

     

    16 August, 2014

     

     

    You will of course,as a matter of decency,now acknowledge and post the apology Joe Hockey made for making that particularly silly comment.

     

     

    Good job that the leader of the opposition Labor Party,Bill Shorten, was also taught by the Jesuits.

     

    Agreed?

  11. macjay1 for Neil Lennon

     

    06:55 on

     

    16 August, 2014

     

     

    I point out the inconsistency of describing Tony Abbott as a clown while failing to describe the undermentioned as “clowns”.

     

     

    I pointed out the inconsistency in the argument Mr Abbot was making on independence, apparently its ok for Australia and everyone else in the previous British empire to have independence but not for Scotland, according to Mr Abbot the world will be less safe and freedoms under threat

     

     

    Correctly Mr Abbot was labelled a clown

     

     

    Anyway great day to be a Celt! shortly will be in Kilsyth to honour one of the greats to have walked through paradise gates, then on to flag day to recognise last seasons title win and celebrate all things Celtic in our wonderful home

     

     

    enjoy your day CQN

  12. macjay1 for Neil Lennon on

    Neil canamalar Lennon hunskelper extrordinaire

     

    06:58 on

     

    16 August, 2014

     

    Macjay…,What a wonderful man, all the qualities of jimmy Saville

     

    ==================================================================

     

     

    Nasty.Insulting.Inflammatory.

     

    And typical of what we have come expect from your goodself.

  13. Neil canamalar Lennon hunskelper extrordinaire on

    Macjay..,

     

    It was you description that triggered the association,

     

    Defending snide Tory fascist twats is what I expect from your good self

     

    He apologised ffs

     

    I’ll happily live up to your expectations

  14. TBJ says Wee Oscar Knox is in heaven with the angels on

    Summa

     

     

    Yeah you were buzzing when I met you after the match and also in the saints afterwards

     

     

    Did you realise they played ” when will I see you again” to you in reference to your hooped shirt ;))))

     

     

    Snow … In oz tray lia ( that rhymes with Ronny Deila btw) … Snow ya say !!!! Wtf is that about … Must be in some remote high region there or am I showing my geographical ignorance

     

     

     

    Kev

     

     

    Just picking you up on a mistake earlier . I was sitting directly opposite you at the same table at the kosc that evening ..

     

     

    I was drinking diet irn bru .. And also told by the original holy goaly to collect some glasses for the bar ( big bully that he is )

     

     

    Don’t wish people to think I was drinking and then drove Sipsini and a couple of others home ;)

  15. macjay1 for Neil Lennon on

    lionroars67

     

    07:08 on

     

    16 August, 2014

     

    macjay1 for Neil Lennon

     

    06:55 on

     

    16 August, 2014

     

     

    I point out the inconsistency of describing Tony Abbott as a clown while failing to describe the undermentioned as “clowns”.

     

    ================================================================

     

     

    I pointed out the inconsistency in the argument Mr Abbot was making on independence, apparently its ok for Australia and everyone else in the previous British empire to have independence but not for Scotland, according to Mr Abbot the world will be less safe and freedoms under threat

     

     

    Correctly Mr Abbot was labelled a clown

     

     

    Anyway great day to be a Celt! shortly will be in Kilsyth to honour one of the greats to have walked through paradise gates, then on to flag day to recognise last seasons title win and celebrate all things Celtic in our wonderful home

     

     

    enjoy your day CQN

     

    ==============================================================

     

    Firstly,Scotland has never been a member of the British Empire.

     

     

    You still ignore the inconsistency of describing Tony Abbott a “clown” while ignoring others as clowns

     

    to wit:

     

    “US President Barack Obama and Chinese premier Li Keqiang have previously voiced support for the UK.”

     

     

    Now,why could that possibly be?

     

    Surely not ideological blindness?

  16. antipodean red

     

    06:57 on

     

    16 August, 2014

     

     

    Thanks for posting that bud, Tony Benn said each generation will have to fight the same battles that jave been fought before for social justice, it is also true in Australia good luck with the good fight

  17. Neil canamalar Lennon hunskelper extrordinaire on

    Apparently fleg day is just like Christmass and all the kiddies are up early

  18. antipodean red on

    macjay,

     

     

    Yes big Joe did indeed apologise having been ridiculed by almost everyone on his own side of politics, the entire national press and almost certainly having been severely dressed down by the whips in his party. Not a genuine apology but a reluctant acceptance that it could and probably will come back to haunt him during the next election campaign.

     

    For the record, I do believe that Bill Shorten was also taught by the Jesuits, the difference is that Bill appears to have some sort of social conscience.

     

     

    AR

  19. Neil canamalar Lennon hunskelper extrordinaire on

    Barack and Li

     

    Sitting in a tree

     

    K I S S I N G

     

    Now, apart from fascism can someone explain what other ideology covers both ?

  20. Neil canamalar Lennon hunskelper extrordinaire

     

     

     

    07:19 on 16 August, 2014

     

     

     

    Apparently fleg day is just like Christmass and all the kiddies are up early

     

    :))))

     

    Gooooooooooooooooood morning

     

    is it time yet

  21. Top of the morning to you all from a fair but breezy Fife.

     

     

     

    No walking this morning as I make an early start for a visit to Kilsyth for my first Celtic Graves event. The Mighty Quinn commemoration.

     

     

    Then it’s off to Parkhead to cheer Fergus.

     

     

     

    Ronnie will also get my cheers though I suspect he has been placed in a job that is beyond his experience or ken. Let’s hope I am wrong on this.

     

     

    I remember when flag day was a less celebrated event and Bob Kelly and his misus just drove round to the corner in an Austin Princess. Now we have Queens and Princes visiting the dear old place.

     

     

    90 years ago today Jimmy McGrory missed two sitters at Dundee on the opening day of the 1924/25 season.

  22. macjay1 for Neil Lennon on

    antipodean red

     

    07:19 on

     

    16 August, 2014

     

     

    I can accept what you say about Joe Hockey.

     

    Please try to keep an open mind about Bill Shorten.

     

    Social conscience? Ignore the guffawing at the back.That`s precisely what the Jesuits teach.

     

    Men for others.

  23. MWD

     

     

    Ah…I see. Nah, hernia op I need…but need to go private as NHS tell me I don’t qualify for treatment. Not enough cash in the kitty. Just need to find a couple days to go sort it out. Other than that..all good.

     

     

    Heading to Ayr races with PF and Chris in Sept. A Friday. Ladies day….if ya fancy it. Hoping a few of the CQN bhoys can make it too.

  24. .

     

     

    MacJay..

     

     

    Re;Abbott..He has also spent ,for a good number of years, one week every year in Aboriginal communities.

     

     

    It’s only the ‘Aboriginal’ part you always bring up that makes me go..Hmmmm

     

     

     

     

    However, in the months since his election, Abbott has not devoted a great deal of time to this issue. He is yet to fulfil his promise to spend a week a year living in a remote Indigenous community. He did set up an Indigenous Advisory Council headed by Mundine, but in turn sidelined the elected National Congress of Australia’s First Peoples. That body’s funding was cut in the budget. June 2014

     

     

    Hmmm..

     

     

    It is Also the Same Abbott who is denying residency to New Zealanders who have lived in Oz for Years..denying them the rights of Residents..

     

     

    “So when children are born with disabilities and parents can’t get support from the Australian Government, they might be forced to go back to New Zealand for a year or so to get the treatment their child needs,” he said.

     

     

    Back to Your Quote..Is it Not like saying Thatcher Visited the Yorkshire Miners..;-)

     

     

    Summa

  25. Neil canamalar Lennon hunskelper extrordinaire on

    Summa…..,

     

    You couldn’t touch its neck with a blow torch

     

    What’s the chances he comes back with a totally unrelated argument to prove his point :)

  26. TBJ says Wee Oscar Knox is in heaven with the angels on

    Twisty

     

     

    Qualify for a hernia op !!!!

     

     

    Shirley that’s a given

     

     

    Now if you wanted breast enlargement or a lip job I could see the point in a qualifier ;)