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. fergus slayed the blues on

    thebhoydaveJAPAN says:


    24 December, 2011 at 07:49


    Welcome back to PARADISE hope you and your family have a great day and it carries on for the rest of your stay .


    Hope the wee man sees a few of YOUR heroes celebrating many goals today


    hail hail

  2. Green Oak Tree says:


    24 December, 2011 at 08:08



    Big Nan says:


    24 December, 2011 at 06:48



    Big Nan…


    What an excellent asset you are to this blog….




    Thanks for the compliment.



    I am kind to children and animals too!



    All the best for the holidays.

  3. Just had a look at William Hills for the betting on the Hun game. A variety of scorer bets are on offer. Players mentioned for us: Hooper, Stokes,Samaras, Bangura and Forrest. For them? Jelavic and…..well no one else, actually. Tells us something about their perceived fire-power. I am just mentioning this because I believe it is quite a revealing, realistic attitude compared to the nonsense I imagine the general media will be spouting. For me, Kilmarnock is all that counts for the moment. Reading their fans` website the other day (there was a link on here), it was obvious they are worried stiff about Forrest. Don`t let themm down, James!




  4. MWD


    Fine and dandy, thanks. I will be catching the Arbroath Supporters Bus at 10am. Did you go to the do last night?




  5. Green Oak Tree says:


    24 December, 2011 at 08:17






    I was thinking that this morning. A 90 year old, borderline racist, Greek tragedy of a man. No well.












  6. Big Nan



    I too look forward to your posts and like yer style. Keep on keepin on and have a good christmas




  7. Jungle Jim says:


    24 December, 2011 at 08:24



    For me, Kilmarnock is all that counts for the moment. Reading their fans` website the other day (there was a link on here), it was obvious they are worried stiff about Forrest. Don`t let themm down, James!




    Young James is certainly the, ‘buzz-bomb’ of today, thats for sure! IMO!


    Hail! Hail!


    “The Simple Answer To EVERYTHING Is…Put The Ball In The Net More Than Them(Jock Stein)!” CSC

  8. Green Oak and Giggsy


    Not interested in the old duffer myself but, in fairness, I realise that many of our gullible population see him as a character. An old rascal rather than a narrow-minded racist.




  9. KevJungle ( are we related? o:-) )


    He certainly is. Sometimes, when we are slow to start, James is still a very real threat.




  10. Hoopyathome is Neil Lennon \o/ on




    What you need is a couple of bikes, pal!! I don’t think the trip to Paradise will throw Mrs bdJ of her stride, she’s seen enough games with us, but you’ll have to tell the wee man it’s just a bit of dust in my eye when you walk through the gates.



    You still planning on being in London before you head home? Meet for a beer?

  11. Ten Men Won The League on

    I see Fat Sally is still denying that Aluko dived in their game against Dunfermline



    ‘Listen Fatso, he dived and got rightly banned. Get over it’



    I really hope we grind this fat clowns nose right in it on the 28th



    A stuffy 2-0 victory for the bhoys today against an 11 man defence from Ayshire



    3 points is all that counts

  12. thebhoydaveJAPAN says:



    24 December, 2011 at 08:06



    you could get the train from Partick girect to Dalmarnock/Bridgeton

  13. Aye, a wee character indeed Jungle. If you or I came away with half the things he has, we’d be “not nice people!”



    Hypocritical to the end, this country… Sad state of affairs.






  14. thebhoydaveJAPAN on

    Cheers Fergus – cannae wait


    Cheers Starry – you too birthday bhrother.


    Cheers MWD


    I’ll set the controls for the heart of CPR


    Sitting in 437




  15. starry plough says:


    19 December, 2011 at 09:05



    Cheers HH and a merry christmas to you and yours.



    Is SP for solar panel ? ;)



    Looks a good deal, is it ?

  16. Jungle Jim says:


    24 December, 2011 at 08:38



    KevJungle ( are we related? o:-) )




    I certainly hope so!



    Because YOU are of the Finest CQN has to offer! IMO!



    Hail! Hail!


    “Hanging On-to Your Coat-tails!” CSC

  17. Ten Men Won The League says:


    24 December, 2011 at 08:41



    I’ll wager Aluko will receive a pen from gollum on the 28th, just for balance like and to allow the media to wax lyrical about his skills in the box.




  18. Christmas Eve dawns grey, wet and chilly here in North Ayrshire.



    Can’t make it to the Park today, more’s the pity.



    Come on the Bhoys!

  19. thebhoydaveJAPAN on




    Aye, I usually take the train, but this time there’s weans to be dropped aff & picked up.


    My youngest (18months) isnae ready for it – so she’s stayin with grannie.



    Me & the old man will be training it on Wed tho taking the gallowgate pilgrimage route.


    (scoop scoop scoop)




  20. KevJungle


    Thank you for that tremendous compliment. Now people will think we REALLY are related o:-


    Right, shower, breakfast then happed up to brave the elements of Glagow. Not a bad day here but I believe heavy rain in The Dear Green Place?




  21. Ten Men Won The League on

    I am particularly concerned about the referee appointment today



    Does anyone know if this George Salmond has reffed any of our games before?



    I notice that he is not involved in any other games at all in the SPL over the festive period

  22. thebhoydaveJAPAN on




    Ah hid a wee tear in ma eye when we were up the park the other day to see the wee mans brick on the Seville wall.


    More jealousy than pride tho.



    Aye we’ll be in London from the 4th I’ll email you next year.






  23. gallagher says:


    24 December, 2011 at 08:49






    Aye – “The ever-elusive Aluko drew the reckless challenge from – clear penalty”…






  24. Off to do the christmas shopping and hopefully catch the game, sausages and shortbread :)



    Keep the focus Celtic, one at a time and on to victory, ie don’t spoil my christmas bhoys.




  25. GiggsyBhoy



    It ticks all the mib/hun boxes, i do hope we’re fully tuned in to all their snide wee plans and that includes the mib today, whoever he is.



    Game before the derby often produces a red for important Celtic assets.




  26. For all of you gamblers out there



    WestwoodLee Lee Westwood


    Two runners on boxing day both with chances. Swinging Hawk at Market R and Woop Woop at Wolverhampton . Little Xmas double!



    I must never drink brandy again…..

  27. Team thoughts for today anyone?



    Fraser F



    Cha DR




    Cha M


    Joe L



    James F


    Beram K


    Scott B


    Ki S Y








    A fluid system with Joe pushing on to form a 5 man MF.

  28. Out to the greenhouse now to see what the Herald has to say.



    Not much if past issues are anything to go by.



    There’s not a decent newspaper in this country.



    And I stood on my specs this morning.