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. What is it about The Quiet Man and Celtic fans ?


    Several times I’ve been in the company of Bhoys who can recite the whole movie, word for word !!!


    “Ten bob on the Yank”


    “Go way you traitor !”


    love it,

  2. Good afternoon Bhoys.



    I’m hoping that Killie will be a formality and the players realise the importance if maintaining the pressure on the manky lot.



    I notice that a few posters have expressed concern for the 28th. I would prefer the game to be at their place. At ipox they’ve struggled lately to break teams down at home. Now I’m not saying we would sit in at their place but there would be an onus and expectation on them to come out and attack something they’ve struggled with lately.



    At Parkhead they’ll sit back and wait to hit us on the break, I think that will suit them better.



    Still think Celtic will win of course!!

  3. MadraRua says:


    23 December, 2011 at 14:07



    When our bus went to Europe for games the Quiet Man was always played on the video on the way home. Got everyone perked up again after our usual spanking abroad.



    Great times




  4. Paddy Gallagher on

    Ah, yes… I knew your people, Sean. Your grandfather; he died in Australia, in a penal colony. And your father, he was a good man too.

  5. from Paul McC again…



    The case involving Tixway, owned by Mr Whyte, is due to continue on a date to be fixed. Mr Whyte was cross examined by the other party’s QC. Mr Whyte told the court he could not remember, without paperwork in front of him, why he had been disqualified as a director. He was asked if it was for trading whilst insolvent. He could not answer.






    he could not remember !!





    biggest load of tosh i’ve heard in a while


    there is NO WAY you don’t remember why you are disqualified here




    guys a jester

  6. Paddy Gallagher on

    Vmhan, Kano 1000 – Supporting Lenny & the Green Brigada! says:



    23 December, 2011 at 14:08



    All the best to you and yours.

  7. All, very sad news. My little boy and future Celtic fan, Oscar, has been diagnosed with high risk neuroblastoma. It is a very rare and very aggressive form of children’s cancer. He is only 3 years old.



    It was my greatest wish in life that one day i’d have a little boy. I can distinctly remember the overwhelming joy at being told at our 20 week scan that it was a boy! I cried tears of joy that day. We now have to face the very real possibility/likelihood that we will lose him. Words like devastated, gutted, heartbroken etc don’t even come close.



    Anyway, being in the hospital has really opened my eyes to the importance of people giving blood and platelets. Oscar has already had several transfusions of each, and will need a lot more during his months of treatment which lie ahead. Quite simply he’d already be dead without the people who took 30 mins out of their busy schedules to donate. One of the nurses told me that just last week they had to get platelets (essential to make the blood clot) flown over from Scotland to Belfast! That is shocking!



    I am ashamed to admit I’ve never given blood myself. I have never deliberately avoided it, I suppose I just couldn’t be bothered making the time. But now I realise how selfish that attitude is.



    Some of you probably already give blood, and good on you if you do. But if you’ve never done it, or if you haven’t in a while, please do it soon and help save some poor kids life. Hail Hail!!!

  8. knoxy2000 says:


    23 December, 2011 at 14:14



    My heart is with you.


    I sincerely hope that the future may change for the better.

  9. knoxy



    can’t say a thing mate.. god bless and help you and your family..



    I give blood ans it seems my plateletes are required so due in after new year to start the process..

  10. Paddy Gallagher on

    knoxy2000 says:



    23 December, 2011 at 14:14



    Thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

  11. Vman at end of last post, spelling wrong but dont worry common mistake, and no im not 50 but im guessing thats u lot at the wind up, thanks for the welcome

  12. Gordon_j



    Apparently it would require major construction work at St. Mirren, something to do with the narrow nature of the concourses.

  13. knoxy2000 says:


    23 December, 2011 at 14:14



    Your post moved me to tears. Your Bhoy is in my prayers. I hope and pray he has the strength to pull through.



    God bless





    VMHAN-from earlier.



    I had the pleasure of reading BELFAST CITY CELT’s posts before moderation. The first,IIRC,was giving a kicking to,and warning about,the masons.



    The rest boiled down to a eulogy to Neil Lennon,and why we should be behind him.



    FORTUNE’S FAVOUR MIBBES and BCC then traded compliments and links,and all was hunky-dory.



    It went pear-shaped when FFM and another poster had a serious misunderstanding. It happens,and was unfortunate.



    BCC had little to do with that,and I can understand his disquiet.



    However it is PAUL67’s site. C’est la vie…..

  15. Larsson and McStay on

    Cheers Vmhan, Kano 1000



    Have a great Christmas and all the best for 2012



    That goes for all on CQN too !!

  16. LiviBhoy says:


    23 December, 2011 at 13:53



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



    I now live in Fairford, in the Cotswolds. I was one of the founding committee members of Swindon Shamrock CSC in 2000 which runs out of The Tap. At one point we had over 100 members.



    I should be down the Tap on Wednesday. In the good ‘ole days we would all swarm out onto the main road outside for impromtu huddles. Big following in the town.

  17. hamiltontim says:


    23 December, 2011 at 14:07


    Good afternoon Bhoys.



    I’m hoping that Killie will be a formality






    I think the reason we’ve lost daft points over the last few years is that the Players though some games were going to be a formality!

  18. Knoxy



    No doubt tough times ahead but try to enjoy Christmas with your family.



    Will remember your wee bhoy in my prayers.

  19. Larsson and McStay on




    Devastating news for you and your family , and you’ll be in many people’s thoughts and prayers.



    Like yourself , I’ve never given blood , but have recently got to thinking that I should , and after reading your post I guarantee you that I will.



    Don’t really know what else to say.

  20. celtfish says:


    23 December, 2011 at 14:23



    Yeah the guys I spoke to said that. I work down there occasionally.




  21. knoxy2000 says:


    23 December, 2011 at 14:14




    That must have been difficult for you to post and devastating for you and the family, my thought and prayers will be for the wee man to pull through and for you and the family to be strong for him.



    I gave blood from 17yrs of age up to about 25yrs when I was told to stop because I had asthma. As I remember it, giving blood was the most uplifting experience ever, it felt really good knowing you could make a difference to someones life.




  22. LiviBhoy says:


    23 December, 2011 at 14:27



    next time you are down, let me know.







  23. Knoxy2000


    sorry to hear the news


    please be assured too of my prayers for Oscar, you and the family


    chin up lad



  24. MadRua



    Pals have “a quiet mans” scociety, meets every 3 months for drinks, the movie, music and “to talk a little treason”



    “you’ll regret that til the day you die………if you live that long”





    Thoughts and prayers with you and your family xx”

  25. greenjedi



    Agreed but that was why I added that I hope the players realise the significance of keeping the pressure.



    Saturday is the most important game of the season…until the next one!

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