Bitterest pill, hilarious, angry, ranting


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. Tom Molach ,



    Accepting that i also probably heard you shouting at the radio last night , here’s what Hugh Keevins said on SSB



    ” that club and it’s ability to bring in Laudrup and Gascoin no longer exists ” .

  2. Well, here I am in Walsall, West Midlands, for the Mother-in-Law’s 80th birthday celebration, instead of being at Celtic Park in my usual seat for the Flag Day and to pay tribute to The Bunnet. Such is life, but my seats will be put to good use by my Tim neighbour, Gary, who is taking his young bhoy to his first game at Paradise – and he is fair excited too! Hoping for a great game and result for us obviously. Enjoy one and all, I’ll be monitoring closely.




    PF AYR



    The pretenders to your NAPS crown await your plunge into the unknown.



    Ya tease!

  4. TD67



    Yer 66 I see.



    You don’t look a day over 65!






    Well done to you and yer mammy.



    I should do the same.




  5. jinkyredstar cuts it back for Neil Lennon on

    Jus tacan


    That’s the man – in goal when Poland eliminated England in the qualifier fir the 74 World Cup

  6. macjay1 for Neil Lennon on

    Summa of Sammi….


    09:07 on


    16 August, 2014




    Always a pleasure to talk to you,Summa.



    It`s embarrassing,pal.


    I can never remember whether it was estadio or estadio nacional.


    Lovely guy anyway.

  7. Nye Bevans' rebel soldier on

    ….PFayr supports WeeOscar



    No, it was the one Brian Clough called a clown,way


    back in the day……not even going to try and spell


    his name.

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

    Tony D




    Well done to your wee mum and yourself on quitting the tobacco



    Looking at the here’s what you could have had section … You must be gutted that you wasted all that dosh on fags when you could have saved it up and had 2 weeks on dick Branson’s island and a cracking sports car ;)



    My wee mum used to say quitting cigs was easy : that she had did it hundreds of times

  9. Happy flag day to all those going.



    Best wishes to Fergus, and absolutely no booing. Leave that to the huns.




  10. Tony 67



    Well done fella to you and yer ma…



    Amazed your polo shirt made it past the editorial team. An even bigger success :)

  11. macjay1 for Neil Lennon on

    Mea Culpa


    09:09 on


    16 August, 2014



    Never mind can of worms.



    You chuck in a grenade and buggeraff.


    Smart move.:-)

  12. Well Done, to Tony Donnelly & his Maw. Delighted he wore green & white for the pic. I reckon that was his subtle way of telling all Hun readers GIRUY. What did I say.? Tony Donnelly subtle, I think I’ll go and have a wee bit of a lie down.

  13. macjay1 for Neil Lennon on



    09:03 on


    16 August, 2014





    I`ve been trying to think of a way to introduce your mantra….GIRFUY…….into my congratulations.


    But I can`t.


    So I won`t.

  14. bognorbhoy oscar in my thoughts on




    Well done to you and your maw



    to everyone going to flag/bunnet day…



    sing loud and proud …




  15. eddieinkirkmichael on

    Can’t access email anyone know which side of Janefield St Kano meet up is at? Celtic end or feud club end?

  16. Here We Go Again, We’re On The Road Again, We’re On The Road Again, We’re On Our Way To Paradise…C’mon the Hoops!!!

  17. Tony D and yir wee Ma….well done to you both…..just think of all that money ye wasted..


    yeez could have bought a Celtic player between you.HH and luv to yir Mammy(no you)

  18. theglasgowcelticway on

    Two hours until the train,Parkhead and Aidan’s use of his first season ticket-think he’s looking forward to it…

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

    Just read an article on the bbc



    Liverpool and man city received over £90m in prize / tv money from the EPL



    Relegated Cardiff only received £62m

  20. BT



    Happy birthday to OHG….will get him a wee Courvoisier next time I see him and I learn


    how to pronounce it. HH





    I hope Aidan has a day to remember,bud.



    All those crisps and lemonade,takes me right back….

  22. South Of Tunis on

    Stopping smoking is easy .



    I must have done it at least twenty times. .



    Currently thinking of stopping next year, when I hit 65 .



    Well done -Tony and yer Maw

  23. blantyretim is praying for the Knox family on



    just a brandy shandy….8)



    Congratulations to TD and your mother..

  24. Marrakesh Express on



    We’ll done to you and your ma.





    That was Poland’s best team ever. Should have got to the final in 74 but a waterlogged pitch against West Germany slowed down their quick style of play, and their star players Deyna, Lato and Gadocha were held back. Lucky Germans that day.

  25. Just Another Tim on

    Morning all,



    This is the last shout out to anyone wishing to join the CQN Fantasy League. If you wish to have your team take part in week 1 you have



    1 HOUR



    To get the team registered and join the league using the code






    as all registrations after 11 am will not have met the week 1 deadline.



    At present there is an amazing 184 teams registered. I will post a weekly breakdown of the top 20 leaderboard along with a best scorers of the week rundown, each Tuesday. Good luck all :)