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. Gallagher – aye, no doubt Kayal (although I don’t have much time for him recently) will be caught up in some controversy, or Gary Hooper. Or James Forrest. The list is endless…






  2. The present wife, Belfast born, is putting on Beef sausages and Veggie roll, unheard of down here in the Free Stat hahaha.


    This evening she is making Belfast soup mmmmmm.


    I told here she only married me for Southern Comfort.


    Her Da was one of the greatest Celtic fans I ever knew.

  3. Off into Glasgow to get a couple of things for the wife and then home for lunch. Then brief, sons brief,scarves and off to Paradise.Wife will be getting the soup made for tomorrow.and preparing the capon whilst Celtic will be putting a smile on my coupon.

  4. whitedoghunch says:


    24 December, 2011 at 09:13



    I will look out for this to try it…In saying that I remember a few years back Burnley78 telling me t try a beer which I think had either champagne in it or was brewed/distilled/fermented like champagne and i’ve still not got round to trying that. Need to get out of the comfort zone..

  5. !!Bada Bing!! Kano 1000 on

    Ten men- never heard of him either mate.More of a worry is Steven McLean doing the huns game.Same guy who got Neil sent to the stand at Swinecastle,pretty sure his 2 brothers played with the huns,could never happen surely…..Do you remember the story placed in the rags by Media House about Steve Conroy a few days before his first (and last) derby game? He had to deny he was no relation to Celtic reserve player Ryan Conroy.Cue the ref bottling it to send off Laffatme for his assault on Andy Hinkle.I think one of the McLean brothers,Brian opted to play for Norn Iron,funny dont ever remember him getting stick from opposition fans,and racially abused.

  6. Ten Men Won The League says:


    24 December, 2011 at 08:59


    I am particularly concerned about the referee appointment today



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




    George Salmond is a relative rookie ref but was capped 146 times for Scotland cricket team :-o

  7. goldstar10



    Stokes is injured so it will be Hooper up front. Historically, he and Sammi are an ineffective partnership.



    I think we should continue with the 4-3-3 set-up from last week – it allowed Forrest to run at defenders and cut inside, unlike the game in Udinese where he often had to collect the ball with his back to goal. Sammi, meanwhile, can use his pace on the other flank and (as seen at St Johnstone) is superb at bringing down/flicking on the long ball.



    As to Ledley, I place him second only to Samaras, but his performance at home last year to Kilmarnock was very poor. It all depends how fit Izzy is, but I’d reluctantly pick Mulgrew ahead of Ledley at LB for this game.



    I’m assuming you’ve put Charlie in at CB as a precursor to the upcoming visit of Her Majesty’s tax defrauders. I would keep Rogne there. Unless we are 4-0 up at half time, Wed night should not come into Neil’s thinking.





    Wee snippet from CAPTAIN RANTY. Could come in handy for Wednesday night






    Common Law: Working Just Fine Down Under


    Well, parts of it anyway.



    I was sent a link on Twitter to this great story. My thanks go to @gruffdiver for the link.



    Here are the basics:



    25 year old guy in Sydney, well-oiled, leaves a restaurant. Someone accuses him of leaving without paying. The cops turn up and have a word in his shell-like. Our hero takes to his heels. The cops catch him (he is on foot and they are in a car, yet despite being arseholed, he manages to run half a kilometre), and he is arrested.



    Read the rest of it right here.



    But I couldn’t resist a snippet:



    “Justice Kaye said it was an ancient principle of the common law that a person not under arrest has no obligation to stop for police, or answer their questions. And there is no statute that removes that right.



    “(Mr Hamilton) before being placed under arrest did not have any obligation to stop when requested to do so, or to answer questions asked of him,” the judge said.



    “The conferring of such a power on a police officer would be a substantial detraction from the fundamental freedoms which have been guaranteed to the citizen by the common law for centuries.”



    The next time anyone tells you that statutes are supreme, tell them to piss off.



    Common law rules all.



    And rightly so.









    Any of our legal bods confirm that the same would apply here?

  9. Morning lhads.



    Had the great idea of walking up to shops in the Halfway,trying to


    clear my head for todays festivities.



    FREEEEEEEZIN,i’ll no be doing that again.



    Hail hail

  10. BlantyreKev - Hail Hail to the Kano Foundation on

    Apparently uber hun Jimmy Bell has handed the Rangers team today’s kit with the Christmas instruction, “don we now our gay apparel”.



    Anyone confirm?

  11. up_over_goal- Yes Stokes is out, also in 2nd half last week Sammi pushed up to play beside Hoops, wee Jamsie switched left and Cha became almost a winger on the right. Th transformation was massive.



    I have Charlie in at CB because he does a good job, plus his ability from free kicks, taking corners etc make him preferable to Thomas.



    Today’s team formation is for today.


    One thing is not to give the MIB the chance to red card any of our players like O’Reilly did last year v M’well when Broony got suspended for Ibrox.




    jhilday- I read Roddy Forsyth yesterday who said Hugh McDonald is known as “Auld Fud” by his peers. Charming!




  12. GiggsyBhoy says:


    24 December, 2011 at 09:01


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






    ” Aluko slipped off of the bench and, after consultation with his stand side assistant, Collum pointe to the spot. “

  13. voguepunter says:


    24 December, 2011 at 09:49






    Offt – did the vision of shutters down and the whiff of stale beer from the Tudor not give you the dry boak??






  14. NEIL LENNON is weighing up a move for Hearts keeper Marian Kello.


    Lenny fears losing back-up goalie Lukasz Zaluska in January and he has set his sights on Kello, who is one of several Jambos’ first team stars out of contract in the summer.


    Hearts players haven’t been paid their December wages with owner Vladimir Romanov late with previous payments.


    Romanov is desperate to raise funds in the January transfer window by moving players on.


    Celts could offer Czech keeper Kello, 29, a way out — with Zaluska ready to quit Parkhead.


    Zaluska is fed-up being understudy to No1 Fraser Forster and could ask away.


    Parkhead boss Lennon is also a huge fan of Jambos stopper Marius Zaliukas and may be tempted to swoop for him with Daniel Majstorovic out injured with a fractured cheekbone.


    Zaliukas is one of the highest earners at Tynecastle with Romanov likely to be keen to get him off Hearts’ wage bill.

  15. GiggsyBhoy says:


    24 December, 2011 at 09:57



    It’s the whiff of the stale wummin fae Tudor that does it.

  16. iki says:


    24 December, 2011 at 09:56






    He doesn’t need the help of his assistance – Willie Collum can see things with his back turned. We were given evidence of this at the first Glasgow derby of last season…






  17. goldstar10



    Yes – it worked well when Fprrest switched to the left, but we got nothing from open play before goal no.1. I just think they need time to get used to this formation. As you point out, it allows for flexibility in attack, with one of Forrest or Sammi able to switch to 2nd striker when need be.



    Take your point about Mulgrew, but his free kicks haven’t been great lately – not a big enough reason to keep him in the team. Besides, we have Ki.. Rogne played really well against St Johnstone.

  18. voguepunter says:


    24 December, 2011 at 10:03






    I know exactly what you mean. I worked in the Welly for 5 years before it’s long-awaited demise. That was staleness epitomised…






  19. GiggysBhoy



    Was up in your local yesterday.Myself and G64 had a shandy each,then I carried


    him doon the road.

  20. Last weekend line of the season and although it is extremely restricted, contained within one League and is more down to chance, Hope in your heart and all that. :)



    ICT game over 2.5 goals



    St Mirren game over 2.5 goals



    Hearts game over 2.5 goals



    Celtic game over 4.5 goals



    Dundee UTD game over 1.5 goals




    It is just over 45/1 on Boylesports currently.






    I’m more worried about the St Mirren game getting over 2.5 goals than the Hoops getting over 4.5.



    I heard a clip on the radio yesterday of Kenny Shiels saying that Celtic are “unplayable” at the moment, he quickly re-dressed what he said in the same clip, he is not going into this game in the proper frame of mind unless he is a master technician on the ol mind games.



    We also have the added incentive of making up for the fact we dropped 2 points against them the last time, although it could prove to be one of the most Pivotal turnarounds ever in our Club, and that should focus our minds keenly if it was needed.




    Panache and style the whole way from here Bhoys.

  21. !!Bada Bing!! Kano 1000 on

    VP- Halfway? surprised you never got jacked up and yer sannies taken aff ye.



  22. Merry Christmas to Paul67, all the posters, lurkers and trolls.


    Wishing you a Happy 28th Dec and peaceful New Year.



    Hope to be back posting in earnest again in April, when I get my life back into some kind of sensible order… just in time to celebrate Celtic winning the league!

  23. !!Bada Bing!! Kano 1000 says:


    24 December, 2011 at 10:06



    Surprisingly there were no young jaiked up huns around this morn.


    Must have some of last nights kerry oot left.

  24. voguepunter says:


    24 December, 2011 at 10:06






    I’m just jealous – I made it in for one measly pint while out for bread & milk – decided to save myself for a few beers tomorrow, then some right good drinking on Wednesday night… :-)






  25. The bhoy dave


    Welcome back to paradise. There are a couple of safe car parks on London road adjacent to the Celtic club. £5 but you can expect to find your car intact on your return.



    Hope you are rewarded with a 37-0 win for your return :0

  26. Tom McLaughlin says:


    24 December, 2011 at 06:23



    One for the night shift music afficionados.



    Roger Waters is playing Brisbane soon. It is advertised as ‘The Wall’.



    I’m a big Pink Floyd fan, but not sure about this one.



    What d’ya reckon?



    Worth a punt?



    Tom –



    One of my workmates went VIP in Barcelona. Loved it so much he also flew down to see the show in the O2 Arena.




  27. up_over_goal says: One thing for sure is Neil has many many options- he just needs to pick the right one!!



    I agree re Ki, his form is returning and will soon be too good to leave out.


    Did you notice the MSM’s stifled publicity over his Korean PoY award?



    Big Tam did well last week, not a problem if he gets the nod.



    100% focus on today, we must get 3 points, it’s the most important game of the season.