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. Art of War says:


    23 December, 2011 at 13:25



    Get the chocolate car first and get them to put it in the fridge in the pub. Makes sense.




  2. LiviBhoy says:


    23 December, 2011 at 13:30


    Art of War says:


    23 December, 2011 at 13:25



    Get the chocolate car first and get them to put it in the fridge in the pub. Makes sense.






    LiviBhoy, you’ve obviously not been in The Vale, you’re lucky if the beer is cold!


    However, i like you’re thinking. Now i just need to heat up the wife’s cold shoulder :-)







  3. Famously Razor Ruddock admitted that he liked to be suspended at Christmas and New Year so he could get on the bevvy.



    Who in the SPL will be looking to get a red card tomorrow and why?



    I would imagine a few Jambo players would be looking at a suspension to get a bit of part time festive work instead of playing matches.




  4. Art of War says:


    23 December, 2011 at 13:34



    The only thing worse than going to the pub and not getting a gift is getting it and leaving it in the pub.


    There is only one cure for a cold shoulder. CASH!




  5. from PaulMcC…



    Rangers, through Mr Whyte, released a statement to the effect that the AGM was being postponed as the tax case was due to resume in January, and Mr Whyte wanted to come to the meeting with more concrete news. However, that is not a valid reason for failing to hold an AGM!



    Failure to do so is a criminal offence. Will the Directors of Rangers be prosecuted for this failure?






    can someone please explain to me how it is a criminal offence ? i am not so clever when it comes to this type of thing





  6. Please dont tell me that NL has said he is happy with our striking options



    Oh dear yet another crap transfer window awaits – not doing enough and losing the league to cheating again



    We keep making the same old mistakes eh

  7. BelfastCityCelt says:


    23 December, 2011 at 13:01




    After a read back, I see what you’re on about now, looks like at least two posts were deleted at 5 and 6am ish, its unusual and others have noticed similar.


    I did notice that the xxx guy has been deleted from last night and early morning, I think his link was to his own blog which included a womans address that he has issues with, it was a bit surreal.






  8. Livibhoy



    the mention of Razor Ruddock reminds me of the time he was plating for Swindon Town and my nephew was walking through Swindon town centre wearing the hoops when Razor was walking the other way past him.



    He then screams out, ‘up the Celts’, much to the bemusement of the Thursday afternoon shoppers.

  9. top corner



    from earlier, that place would have fetched a lot more a couple of years ago..



    still on the list should I get the gig one..

  10. NegAnon2- Full of Christmas spirit.



    Get a reality check, we can only sign the players we can afford, and to be frank Stokes, Hooper, Samaras, Keatings and who knows- Bangura- may just be good enough to overcome the mediocrity of the SPL.



    Also- Don’t always believe what Neil Lennon tells the press.

  11. bt


    i think someone will get a nice deal there


    probably knock it down and build


    either one new house or a few


    to sell for a profit


    such is life


    good luck







    it was in his wifes name as he was a lawyer


    and in case he got sued, he had been advised


    to have it in her name


    makes sense i spose

  12. NegAnon2 says:


    23 December, 2011 at 13:43




    I would hope the same as you that Lenny has his eye on a striker for this window, we only have two decent strikers and if one becomes unavailable then we’ll struggle for goals, we need to bring in a quality striker.



    ps remember this all started with the non story about the monster munch going to Celts….. anybody with one brain cell would have worked that out as being bull.





    HH to ye!

  13. NegAnon2



    I agree with most of what you say re the suits, but given that we may lose the league due to cheating, which I believe is a distinct possibility, maybes the suits feel the same and will decide to save a few bob and bring nobody in.



    In saying that we have brought in a Swedish international full back, who I think will be the biz.



    The squad we have are well good enough to win the league.



    My gripe with the suits is their lack of action against the sfa, the cheating is so in your face it’s a joke, a bit like the hide it in plain sight, so feckin obvious it’s taken for granted.

  14. Ten Men


    is Antoine Kombouaré gettin papped oot ?


    he brought them up recently to top of L1


    with help of big bucks mind

  15. celtfish says:


    23 December, 2011 at 13:46



    You live in Swindon? Watched a few matches in the Tap & Barrell on Manchester Road. Some good Bhoys in there. Very welcoming.




  16. bournesouprecipe says:


    23 December, 2011 at 13:15



















    Merry Christmas to all on CQN








    Bourne is the King….

  17. The Van Beuren Bhoy on

    Johnny Thomson Posters



    Still two giant posters for sale on e-Bay from the recent play at the Kings. Bidding ends today. They are 60” x 40” and all proceeds are going to the Johnny Thomson Memorial Fund. Starting bids of £20 for a rare piece of Celtic memorabilia. Go on it’s for a good cause !












  18. Larsson and McStay on

    Vmhan, Kano 1000 at 13.45



    I was on late last night , and then read the blog this morning and noticed BCC’s posts and didn’t seem to be anything controversial.



    The xxx guy was another thing entirely , did you read his blog ?



    I saw this morning he accused me of being a psycopath amongst other things (I’ve been called worse) but his posts have all been deleted and the straitjacket has probably been put back on more securely this time.

  19. Italiaboy


    As things stand at present Rangers could not get a licence for UEFA competition next season.



    Hurdles to overcome before a licence can be granted:



    Audited accounts



    No unpaid tax (wee bill and Big Bill



    No going concern qualifications in audited accounts



    Not beimg in administration




    Long odds.

  20. Just finished work for the Christmas.


    Dinner finished and watching The Quiet Man on TV.


    A quiet start to the festivities.

  21. Paddy Gallagher on

    Nigella Lawson on Food Network now, hope the wife doesn’t come in and catch me watching these channels.

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