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. saltires en sevilla on

    ßjmac ♥ Kano 1000 °¿° says:


    23 December, 2011 at 22:37



    cheers mate -if you are around there 2nd week, with spare time for a beer -give me a shout







  2. Partizan says:


    23 December, 2011 at 23:00



    Great to hear from you. Yes this time of year can be difficult! I’ve been to 2 nights out – left sharpish from each, not my scene;-) Let me know when you’re next up – we’ll get that coffee some day!







  3. Celtic_First says:



    23 December, 2011 at 22:59


    Googybhoy, same to you and yours. We’re just down the motorway, anytime you fancy a real Celtic Park atmosphere.





    I know mate and will take you up on that sometime. Thank you.

  4. googybhoy ♥ O’ Sheas on 28th says:


    23 December, 2011 at 22:57



    Thank You.



    And a Happy Christmas and Peaceful New Year to your good self and family and likewise with all CQN contributors, especially the Celtic fans after the cheating we have had to put up with – lots of raised blood pressures when they shouldn’t have been. This new year will see us winning the trophies we deserve domestically (All of them) and it will be Sweet.



    A Special mention to Paul67, and a Massive Thanks to our host for the incredible job he has done and I hope he continues to be innovative and leads from the front.

  5. Bundoran



    I’d appreciate if, after the festivities are over, you could send me a copy please.






    Just messing I stayed in Castlemilk for a couple of years in my youth. My best mate is near you in Halfway.

  6. saltires en sevilla says:


    23 December, 2011 at 23:04



    Drop me an email at cqngolfclub@gmail.com you could also meet a few CQNers at the old Gazebo tomorrow – even lurkers are welcome (that’s for your benefit, bhoy from the village!) I’ll be there from around 12.30 if any cqners want some of BSR’s great chat ;-)







  7. Can we all remember to give Paul 67


    a big thanks tomorrow.


    And wish him and his family a happy Christmas.

  8. Gordon64



    Too right. Well said.



    We should always remember what Paul67 has created.



    He certainly deserves our thanks and good wishes.




  9. bj



    Nearly missed you, goldstar just reminded me it was a 1.30 kick off (⊙_⊙) your friend EuroChamps is in Egypt and wants


    updates from the gazebo.



    Mon the Hoops



    p.s. God Bless and protect wee Oscar

  10. Happy Christmas to all.



    I had Jethro Tull week and remember that they had song called “Another Christmas Song” with Polish accent.


    “Christmas song” by them was also good.


    All the best.

  11. Gordon64 says:



    23 December, 2011 at 23:13


    Can we all remember to give Paul 67



    a big thanks tomorrow.



    And wish him and his family a happy Christmas.





    We could always change our names again.



    Happy Christmas Paul67 and family

  12. Partizan



    Hope you’re doing well mate. I can imagine that this time of year would be difficult for you. Stay strong and keep the faith.

  13. hamiltontim says:


    23 December, 2011 at 23:16




    You can ask, but I won’t be saying, other than it’s nowhere near Peterhead.

  14. Brogan Rogan Trevino and Hogan supports Kano 1000 on

    Many a year ago, when I was about ten years old, I walked into my father’s office to find a degree of commotion. This disturbance was being caused by a group of women who seemed more than a touch keen to get their hands on what looked to me like a group of incredibly hairy men!



    The hairy men were of varying sizes. One was tall and had a voice like a ships fog horn echoinging in a cave. Another two were literally eyes and nose surrounded by hair as far as I could see, and all three of these sported beards that could have passed for lengthy shaggy carpets.



    The next member of this group was altogether different. With a mound of hair that looked as if it had been sculpted from a bush by a topiarist, he too sported a beard but one which was considerably shorter than those of his companions. However given that his hair was bright red, he looked like a diminutive Jimmy Hendrix on fire!



    These were the Dubliners– and they were selling bits of their beards to the passing women for something like 12p per cutting!



    A few years earlier they had caused a storm at The Edinburgh Festival– in those days the festival was more than just a comedy festival– and subsequently they went on to have hit records with The Black Velvet band and seven drunken nights. At the time of this visit, my father was acting as their agent in Scotland and so he came to know them very well and got on with them like a house on fire. He was always drawn to their simplicity, honesty and at times naivity– such as the time he was holding £600 for Luke Kelly ( an awful lot of money in those days) and when he asked Luke what should be done with it, Kelly just told him to put it in an envelope and post it to his home in Dublin!



    Accordingly, I grew up listening to Kelly and the Dubliners. I always liked Luke’s singing ( less so Ronnie’s to be fair ) and loved their rumbustiousness and larger than life personas. There was a wildness about them– something gutteral and untamed in not only their music, but in themselves as well.



    They were very different to the Clancy brothers and Tommy Makem who My old man also worked with and befriended. They were also rumbustious but in a more refined way. They did not seem as wild to my eye, although the subsequent reading of Liam Clancy’s written work would later persuade me otherwise.



    It was the Clancy’s who first blew me away with the spoken word– poems,stories,half songs and just plain speech which made the hair stand on end. They could recite a poem in the midst of a group of songs and you could literally feel the silence and tension in the audience.Makem of course had a voice that was a mixture of Gold and warbling thunder, and Liam could speak and sing in a voice as soft as velvet.



    Somewhere in between these two voices was the raw rugged instrument that was Like Kelly. Some people just own a song to such an extent that everyone else should just give up trying to sing it and so leave the stage set for the one true rendition. In Luke Kelly’s case, even Patrick Kavanagh just asked him to sing Raglan Road so that he could hear his own words via that wonderful voice.



    All of these men are now dead and gone alas, and so I am left with only a brief wee boy’s memory of any time spent in their company. However, their music,personas, sense of history and fun were all a big part of my moulding and has stayed with me throughout my own scrawny existence.



    So I was delighted to come across this clip, where Liam’s silky voice and sense of drama tries to convey the spirit, wildness and sheer beauty of the flame haired Kelly and his voice.



    If this is not your bag then I am sorry for invading your time,however if you have any affiliation for the lustre of the 60’s Irish folk music, the sense of innocent rebellion that pervaded that time and those people then I hope you enjoy this.



    These men passed my way but briefly, but I am hell of a glad that they did because their spirit has lingered since. And long may it be so…………..





  15. googybhoy ♥ O’ Sheas on 28th says:


    23 December, 2011 at 23:15



    I’d definitely have to bribe Philvis to step aside with a pair of socks or something along those lines, I’m sure bournesouprecipe would pass a few of his multitude on if it was for such a cause as a Christmas podium. :))

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