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. The Glorious Balance Sheet



    The tax tribunals will run their full course. These are complex cases, with many elements open to interpretation. Despite being heard in Scotland, one of the judges in the original hearing, Dr Poon, was prepared to adjudicate against RFC. Surely if RFC were getting all sorts of favours from the Scottish establishment it`d have been a unanimous decision by the three judges?



    I think if you look at her background (born Singapore, educated USA) you’ll understand why she was willing to stand out from the others!!

  2. Just been to the shops for a scuddy book and a daily record … i walked home with the daily record hidden in the scuddy book LOL

  3. thomthethim for Oscar OK on




    You cheeky young pup!



    I remember the day well and it came to my mind when I read the poster asking for pre 1969 reminisces.



    I and my classmates stood table’s width away from Jock, and, I think, Bertie Peacock and Bobby Evans, when they brought the Coronation Cup to St. Columba’s.



    Other memories from those school days was when boxes of apples, big red ones, arrived from Canada, for us vitamin deprived, post war urchins from Maryhill.



    Another day was when we were taken out of our classes to watch the new wonder aircraft, the Brabazon fly over the school.



    All of those things paled to insignificance when we all got a wee tin of sweeties, adorned with the image of the newly crowned Sovereign. God Bless ‘Er!

  4. blantyretim.



    No.Still unable to walk,and other wee problems not helping,trying my best to get into Blane Valley Next Friday but even that will be a struggle.

  5. blantyretim is praying for the Knox family on



    sky channels are free today so at least you will get to see the match on tv…



    how the birds ?

  6. LYRICISTS Peter Devers and Peter Barry will sing a rousing rendition of their anthem ‘Four Leaf Clover’ to Fergus McCann as part of Celtic’s Flag Day celebrations.



    The ballad has been a firm favourite of Celtic fans since it was released by the Peatdiggers and Peter Barry in 1998.



    The lyrics of the song were composed the day after Celtic clinched the league championship following the team’s 2-0 win over St Johnstone in the last game of the season.



    Wim Jansen’s side, of course, prevented Rangers from winning 10 titles in a row.



    Co-writer Peter Devers said: “We wanted to write something that would celebrate the highs and lows of being a Celtic fan, whilst acknowledging the positive things that Fergus McCann brought to our club.



    “I believe that we captured this and our lyrics reflect the sentiments of many Celtic fans.”



    The song’s popularity has not been restricted to Celtic home matches. It is well known at functions in the UK, Europe and North America and was eventually snapped up by a record company who distributed the anthem worldwide.



    Co-writer Peter Barry added: “The song is, to my knowledge, the only composition that was written in honour of Fergus McCann and we are very proud to be asked to sing it to him.



    “I am sure the Celtic fans will join us in honouring him by singing along with us on Flag Day.”



    Fate almost conspired to stop the Four Leaf Clover ever being released. After recording the anthem in Paisley, the lads travelled to England to re-master the song at a Cambridge studio.



    Peter Devers explained: “We were travelling to London by train when we were evacuated after one of the goods carriages caught fire.



    “Thankfully the master copy of the song was retrieved and the rest, as they say, is history.”



    As well as singing the song to Fergus, the two Peters will present the first-ever pressed copy of the Four Leaf Clover to him in a private ceremony after this afternoon’s game against Dundee United..



    Devers added: “The work is done and the stage is set, the Celtic dream can now be met, in a sea of green, we’re here today, to sit and watch the champions play.”

  7. Len Brennan



    I listened in to the link, and decided to use the fast forward button after hearing Keevins’ ‘different club’ reply.



    Glad I did, because the caller Stephen around 40 mins in nailed him with a quote from an article Keevins wrote from ’98, when he called Fergus a ‘cowboy’ who should follow Jock Brown ‘out the door’.



    This was in response to Keevins calling Fergus the ‘father of the 21st century Celtic’ earlier in the programme, so the caller wanted to know why he had written what he had in the article Stephen had in front of him back then.



    As usual, the point wasn’t addressed, and the caller was being accused of ‘disliking’ Keevins, for going back 16 years for the quote, which Keevins ‘didn’t recall’.



    Yet, if you make an accusation about their being inconsistent, they want evidence.



    When you provide it, the implication is made that you’re ‘obsessed’.



    It’s supposd to be a ‘cannae win’ situation for the caller, but Stephen won last night by a knock-out.



    Left on that high note. Well done that Tim!

  8. South Of Tunis on

    big wavy @ 11 .00



    Likely to be -not .



    ” Its fun being me . If I am not signing for a Brazilian team I am going to be playing in the Champions League for a European Club . If I wanted to play in the CL , I would do it with Juventus .



    A . Del Piero – Rai radio interview 12 /8 / 14

  9. Don’t forget to phone and cancel your Premier Sports subscription. Unless you like ice hockey of course.

  10. Cheers SoT



    Can’t see it myself but seems to be gathering momentum, probably fuelled by our own frustrations in the transfer market

  11. Just heading off to the game but how the hell does Paddy Power have James Forrest as 2/1 first scorer favourite???



    J Forrest





    K Commons





    L Griffiths





    A Stokes



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

    Just arrived at CQN corner … No one here .. So I’m claim the Imodium

  13. Beatbhoy 11.17



    My thoughts exactly .



    I was however disappointed to hear other “alleged” Celtic fans calling to apologise for Stephen’s comments .

  14. Good morning Hoops and Hoopettes


    The CQN predictor returns next weekend with a new competition included and a new very worthy cause to support.


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    This will follow the same basis as last years Champions League/ Europa League tournament, where you will predict 10 correct scores on selected weekends throughout the season and play against opponents on a head to head basis.


    Prizes will be distributed to the last 4 in each tournament.


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    You can read more about Shay here



    The cost to enter each tournament is £10 each. So great value over the season. Note: dependent on interest we may run more than one “Last Man Standing” in the season, so it may cost a little more, but further entry is your choice.


    Competition is open to all. Posters, lurkers, friends and family


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    Note: closing date for competition 1 is next Thursday.





  15. Fred Colon



    Yeah, I thought that might be coming, so that’s why I stopped listening after Stephen’s call.



    Unusual to come out of there with a good feeling, on the odd occasion I’m tempted in.



    Hail! Hail!

  16. Ulsan/Black Isle Celt on

    Re the penalty incident, a lot of talk on here over the past 24hrs.



    Does anybody know the referee’s role in this? He had a very clear view of Mackay clipping Derk’s left heel as he was about to shoot.



    Does the SFA over-rule the ref or do they ask him to review his decision based on an anonymous tip-off from an un-named league one assistant manager?



    I’ve just seen it for the first time since Wed night and the clip on his heel caused the strange fall – ref was in ideal position.

  17. Doc


    11:02 on


    16 August, 2014


    CRC a six foot Adonis, he’ll dine out on that for years.


    It made me laugh, a lot:-)




    Doc ,he meant in width…which is spot on

  18. Joe Filippis Haircut on

    Last night Legia Warsaw were away from home in the league and the home team just before the k.o.played over the tannoy The Champions League theme tune.I must admit that appeals to my sense of humour well done them. H.H.

  19. Just been on twitter. Remembered why I stopped using it. Bitter bitter people are our erstwhile city rivals followers.



    How do you educate such people? So wrong about virtually every thing but convinced they are right. (one or two of them on here as well….)