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. Paul67



    You’re normally half glass full?



    I think Celtic’s record against Kilmarnock is outstanding, but it’s just about two teams playing tomorrow, and nothing else.



    If anything we have a score to settle, and if we play as we can, we’ll win.

  2. bournesouprecipe – philvis has been called away to an important meeting.



    Me and some of the office boys were trying to throw a kettle over a pub. (thumbsup)



    johann murdoch – The only reason Kringle operates out of the North Pole is due to its lack of minimum wage, health and safety or other employment legislation.



    You’ve got to admire the jolly old elf’s business savvy. (thumbsup)



    Vmhan, Kano 1000 – Supporting Lenny & the Green Brigada! – http://i.dailymail.co.uk/i/pix/2011/02/24/article-0-0D56BD5F000005DC-557_634x354.jpg (thumbsup)

  3. Managed to pick up a ticket for the 28th :) £42 quid, not sure where I’m seated though.



    All this talk of will Jelavic go, will he stay. If Rangers sell Jelavic in the transfer window for £10m (no laughing at the back there), then this would allow them to meet staff wages for a further 5 months …. assuming the transfer fee is not in staged payments … and that’s about it. No warchest opened. No massive funds for Super Sally to dip into as he plots a debut double. Nothing. Nada. It’ll cover wages until the end of the season.



    I read a smashing bit of doublespeak in the MSM last week along the lines of how selling Jelavic might actually make Rangers stronger. You couldn’t make it up.

  4. !!Bada Bing!! Kano 1000 on

    Art of War-same back to you mate,Merry Christmas to you and yours,and a Champion New Year HH.

  5. Joe Filippis Haircut on

    fritzsong This is just my opinion there is not much between ourselves and the poundland team despite they humped us 4-2 last time out. Now if the man in black does not waste the game by protecting them and gift them a penalty it will come down to the team who want to win it most.I just hope on the day that team is Celtic.H.H.

  6. !!Bada Bing!! Kano 1000 on

    MikeyBhoy says:My favourite bit of double speak this season,after Chelsea reserves pumped the huns in a pre -season friendly at Poundland.The Sunday Mason proclaimed “a morale boosting 2-0 defeat…” whit.?

  7. playfusbal4dguilders on




    Best wishes to you and yours for Christmas, hope the “DO” goes well.






    ps there’s no such thing as a free launch.

  8. The Battered Bunnet on

    I see the BBC are leading today with:



    Rangers Examine Safe Standing Orders



    Did I get that right?

  9. BelfastCityCelt on

    That’s fair enough fellas.Not sure if i cursed,or not,maybe a did.But i can remember checkin’ somebody else for swearing on the blog.



    If i did swear,then i apologise.I was in good mood,that’s why i can’t understand it.Had a yarn with Fortunes and Estadio Nacional,agreeable discussions.No way did i swear more than once.



    What i did do though – was post at least half a dozen pictures of Lenny facing down the hun in their own back yard.



    I also said that the masonic are not very nice peepil.



    And for that i make no apology.

  10. Steinreignedsupreme on

    Paul67 –



    I always think it’s going to be Hibernian’s year for the Scottish Cup.

  11. Cheers Bada!



    I was watching that Sports Personality thing last night and not being up to date on our latest athletic stars noticed one i should have picked up on before now. His name –



    Dai Greene



    400 metres runner or something. Don’t know if he follows the Hoops but his name sounds like how i feel at heart.







  12. Doctastic says:


    23 December, 2011 at 12:11


    After many years of lurking I have finally decided to register an account, seeing as my life has just begun today, hailhail





    Doc I’ve reposted this for you, hope you don’t mind. You’re post got lost in the rather childish (except if I win it) rush for podium post in a new article. It meant you also missed the opportunity of a proper welcome onto CQN.



    ps why has you’re life just begun today?





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  14. Vmhan



    I’d take a wild one and guess Doc has just turned 50………….that’s where life begins? aye?

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    Merry Christmas to all on CQN

  16. bourne…one and alll…





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    my bhoy did this for you all…….merry christmas x

  17. Celtic left-back Emilio Izaguirre is ready to return after recovering fully from a broken ankle.



    Kelvin Wilson and Joe Ledley are also in contention but Glenn Loovens, Kris Commons, Adam Matthews and Daniel Majstorovic are out.



    Kilmarnock midfielder Dean Shiels will undergo a late fitness test on his injured ankle.



    James Fowler returns from suspension but striker William Gros and defender Ryan O’Leary remain on the sidelines.



    Celtic manager Neil Lennon: “It’s a game which brings its own dangers but we want to make it eight wins in a row and go into the Rangers game on the 28th with a good mentality for that game.



    “It’s very important, just to maintain the run and keep the pressure up at the top of the table. I think the players are in buoyant mood at the minute without being complacent.”



    Kilmarnock manager Kenny Shiels: “We have won two and drawn two of the last four, and conceded two goals, since the Inverness debacle.



    “We were really unfortunate not to take three points last time and I think Celtic know that.



    “We are going out to try and remedy that.



    “They are thankful they got away with a point here.



    “We are the ones who should be fired up because we are disappointed we didn’t win the game based on the performance.”



    Celtic (from): Forster, Cha, Izaguirre, McCourt, Ledley, Rogne, Mulgrew, Wanyama, Ki, Brown, Forrest, Kayal, McGeouch, Hooper, Bangura, Samaras, Stokes, Zaluska, Kelvin Wilson, Blackman, Twardzik.



    Kilmarnock (from): Bell, Pursehouse, McKeown, Pascali, Kroca, Sissoko, Hay, Harkins, Shiels, Dayton, Silva, Kelly, Heffernan, Kennedy, Fisher, Buijs, Jaakkola, Racchi, Fowler.

  18. Skysports.com understands Celtic have turned down the chance to sign former Rangers striker Kris Boyd on a free transfer.



    Boyd is looking for a new club after cancelling his contract at Turkish club Eskisehirspor following a dispute over unpaid wages.



    Celtic boss Neil Lennon admitted earlier this week he would not let Boyd’s Rangers background sway him from making a move for the player if he wanted to bring him to Celtic Park.



    However, it is understood Celtic have rejected any move for Boyd after the club were sounded out about taking the all-time SPL top scorer on a free transfer.



    Lennon is thought to be happy with the strikers at his disposal and is looking at other targets instead of Boyd.



    Rangers boss Ally McCoist has refused to rule out making a move to bring Boyd back to Rangers and it appears the path is clear for Rangers to sign the Scot.

  19. Rangers have a safe? What’s in it – the bills that haven’t yet been paid? Criag Whyte’s Big Book Of Excuses? All of the eight figure bids so far received for Jelavic?



    Anyway, three points and no injuries or red cards will do for me tomorrow. It would be great for Izaguirre to get some game time too.



    With Big Dan out it would make sense to choose the central defensive partnership for Killie that will play in the next game to give them some time together. A few options are available with Rogne and Wilson now fit to compete with Mulgrew and Wanyama.

  20. The EXILED TIM



    Thanks mate. Hope that everthing goes brilliantly for the festive.



    Off to pub at 2pm with workmates and then off to Thornton’s to get a chocolate car for my son….



    …the same chocolate car that i’ve been meaning to get the last 2 nights and ended up in The Vale for a few cold T’s. Missus not been too happy about that i’ll tell you!










  21. Summa of Sammi, you’re v welcome.



    Art of War, a good one to you too.



    bournesouprecipe, aye, I know, but, you know….



    playfusbal4dguilder, I’m sure it will.



    BelfastCityCelt, believe me, you sure did curse! Many times. My general rule is if I have to delete three or more posts from someone for a language violation it’s quicker for me to pull all their comments from the day rather than read through everything.



    Steinreignedsupreme, ha!



    DougC, we can hope…

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