Burden of history against Kilmarnock


I don’t like the run-up to home games against Kilmarnock, this was especially so when Gordon Strachan was manager.  Someone would always ask Gordon the 1955 question, “Gordon, did you know….”  If you don’t know the question, don’t go looking for it.  It’s a fact that should ostensibly give you confidence but it only puts me into a nervous disposition.  During Gordon’s time, every game felt like a must-win game.  The carnage on here after a 2-2 home draw with Dundee United lives long in the memory, so the burden of a reversal at home to Kilmarnock would have been intolerable.

Celtic have an enormously impressive history which can inspire great things in the support but sometimes it’s evidently a burden to those having to go out and win the next game.  Jock Stein’s famous, “The Celtic jersey doesn’t shrink to fit inferior players” quote was meant to inspire greatness and awe, but I’ve seen it used to damn contemporary players who were in no way inferior to some who played for Celtic in Jock’s latter years in charge.

Kilmarnock beat Rangers last time out and will feel as though they let two points slip away against us earlier in the season.  Celtic should be sufficiently concerned to avoid premature Christmas cheer.

Best wishes to our friends at the Melbourne No. 1 CSC, who will be celebrating Christmas during tomorrow’s game.

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  1. Stephen Black



    I’ve managed to get 2 but I think there for the home end. Our bus has none at all.

  2. saltires en sevilla on

    jc2 says:


    23 December, 2011 at 22:17



    the car getting perched on southside mate ;-)



    I have a wee dream of a Celtic peleton rolling into a euro town for a game in autumn or better still, spring!- all decked out in hooped cycling kits ….the locals would love it and the press would be all over it



    it’s on my new year resolutions list…every year ;-)



    Enjoy the game and a great Christmas to you and yours







  3. SB maybe the CRC night ? I’m off the bevvy in January so might as well have a lash out :¬)



    Swanseabhoy great Pablo story earlier.



    Derryghirl and I went to see Christy in the Hexagon in Reading …. many years ago (1995 ish) and his van with all the PA gear broke down, he turned up with his guitar and used the Hexagons PA gear, he was awesome, told that one to Pablo after I posted a link to a live gig of Christy’s in Belfast and he said he was in the audience :¬)






  4. Celtic_First



    I’ve just read the full poem by Betjeman. Beautiful. Even for a non-believer.



    You’ll never be “like ordinary people”, with or without Celtic.



    Calling you a friend is a genuine privilege.



    But your late night radio choices are still rubbish.




  5. Vmhan are you in Gods town when you are up…We are out on the swally on Wednesday afternoon along with grabbing something to eat…we are getting civilised but the lioness and I are out on Thursday daytime if you and DerryGhirl fancy a couple… We are up to the Port for a Funeral on Thursday morning then we are going out.

  6. SB



    Thanks mate, Lennybhoy has my mobile no. if you hear anything.






    Never heard that one before, beautiful. I’d put a link to 90 miles but don’t know how to with my phone. For me it’s a song that says what Christy is all about, coming to the needs of others.

  7. Bankibhoy1


    McDonald is a piss poor journalhun just like Grant and King


    Wilson et al from. The Herald/ Times stable.


    They have now come to resemble in totality through wanton denial


    any old Scottish tabloid it’s hun banner headline whether in advance


    the hun or pro negative Celtic.


    If I could live my life again…I’d like to have ‘Awe_Naw’ edit out/Add the more spectacular.


    Feck the Runglers.


    HH (5-0)

  8. Celtic_First says:


    23 December, 2011 at 21:51



    Excellent post and beautiful extract of poetry, I will look out the full version.



    Saltires – I admire you making the trip tomorrow, a real demonstration of what seeing and supporting Celtic means to so many people. I am going to be in Hampshire 2nd week in January, Petersfield.



    MWD – you brought some very happy and very sore memories back to me with that link earlier…I have a warm feeling though :-)



    Knoxy – I’m totally amazed at the courage you are demonstrating.



    CQN, I wish each and every one of you and your families a joyful and peaceful Christmas.









    PS 3 points tomorrow please, Celtic.

  9. SwanseaBhoy



    The privilege is mine. We have shared amazing days, each one a blessing.



    I have some great tracks lined up for later.

  10. BB


    Are you coming dressed as Santa with a big


    bag full of pressies.


    Mind you they couldn’t find a Santa suit big


    enough to fit you.


    HH pal.




    As most of you are now aware, The Kano Foundation will take their 1000th child through the turnstile tomorrow.



    The 2 groups attending that will include the 1000th are:



    Kilsyth Athletic Boys Club and Get up and go Youth Club from Clydebank – http://www.stnicholasbox.org.uk/index.php?pid=8



    Kilsyth Athletic Chairman, John Brady explained the thinking behind his club applying for tickets “A lot of our our boys have never been to Celtic Park, for various social and financial reasons, and their best


    chance to do so is via opportunities such as The Kano Foundation. We, as well as


    many other boys clubs, have been fortunate to provide Celtic academy with a few


    players over the past few seasons and our ultimate ambition is to see of our boys


    wear the hoops for the Celtic 1st team.



    Davina Conarty, Get up and Go : “The youth club is for young people aged between


    8-25years who have severe, profound and multiple learning disabilities. Our group


    meets in Dalmuir C.E. Centre, Clydebank. Our aim is to advance the informal


    education and reduce social isolation by supporting relationships, promoting and


    facilitating social opportunities.



    Look out for both groups behind the goal in the Lisbon Lion lower. Hopefully, they will see a victory to set us up for the 28th.

  12. ßjmac ♥ Kano 1000 °¿° says:


    23 December, 2011 at 22:37


    Excellent post and beautiful extract of poetry, I will look out the full version.



    Christmas by John Betjeman



    The bells of waiting Advent ring,


    The Tortoise stove is lit again


    And lamp-oil light across the night


    Has caught the streaks of winter rain


    In many a stained-glass window sheen


    From Crimson Lake to Hookers Green.



    The holly in the windy hedge


    And round the Manor House the yew


    Will soon be stripped to deck the ledge,


    The altar, font and arch and pew,


    So that the villagers can say


    ‘The church looks nice’ on Christmas Day.



    Provincial Public Houses blaze,


    Corporation tramcars clang,


    On lighted tenements I gaze,


    Where paper decorations hang,


    And bunting in the red Town Hall


    Says ‘Merry Christmas to you all’.



    And London shops on Christmas Eve


    Are strung with silver bells and flowers


    As hurrying clerks the City leave


    To pigeon-haunted classic towers,


    And marbled clouds go scudding by


    The many-steepled London sky.



    And girls in slacks remember Dad,


    And oafish louts remember Mum,


    And sleepless children’s hearts are glad.


    And Christmas-morning bells say ‘Come!’


    Even to shining ones who dwell


    Safe in the Dorchester Hotel.



    And is it true,


    This most tremendous tale of all,


    Seen in a stained-glass window’s hue,


    A Baby in an ox’s stall ?


    The Maker of the stars and sea


    Become a Child on earth for me ?



    And is it true ? For if it is,


    No loving fingers tying strings


    Around those tissued fripperies,


    The sweet and silly Christmas things,


    Bath salts and inexpensive scent


    And hideous tie so kindly meant,



    No love that in a family dwells,


    No carolling in frosty air,


    Nor all the steeple-shaking bells


    Can with this single Truth compare –


    That God was man in Palestine


    And lives today in Bread and Wine.

  13. SB



    Cheers what’s your bus?






    I’m going to try and make next Thursday too, would be good to put a face to all those shite jokes you text :-)

  14. Gordon64



    I can give you a lift from cambuslang to to Kirkhill.



    Torontotony your account is sending account is sending out horse pills.

  15. Hamiltontim



    SwanseaBhoy is his own bus, and John 67’s, and mine, and my weans’.



    He will be much missed in these parts.

  16. Brogan Rogan Trevino and Hogan supports Kano 1000 on

    Good Evening CQN,



    Knoxy & Oscar.



    Thoughts,prayers,strength and joy to you and yours at this time.

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