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. knoxy2000



    The BT ones are Blantyretims just screw the plastic top off


    add black pepper celery salt Tabasco sauce


    Worcestershire sauce and ice.


    No need for Vodka already 95% proof



    You’ll have the perfect bloody Mary


    Hoof it back to keep you sane


    Love to Oscar

  2. knoxy2000



    Devastating news. At anytime of year. I know it probably sounds hollow but, if there’s anything the Bhoys from Brasil can do…..



    Be strong.


    For you and your family.

  3. Well as Meister Eckhart stated – If the only prayer you ever say in your entire life is thank you, it will be enough…



    Merry Christmas to each and everyone I know, well and not so well and not at all – it’s a pleasure sharing cyber space with you all – Thank You…



    Ulysses McGhee (Secret Agent, Cowboy and Engine Driver) at your service.




  4. Kelvinbhoy



    I have it on dvd and usually sit down every few months with a beer and watch it in peace without the distractions of Disney!

  5. The Van Beuren Bhoy



    Was going to stick a bid on! left a mesaage! but too late in the night over here! 3am OZ time!


    need to get some kip! Hope it goes well!

  6. Joe Filippis Haircut says:



    23 December, 2011 at 12:54



    fritzsong This is just my opinion there is not much between ourselves and the poundland team …




    Sorry for the late reply. I think we have the better players but Rangers are very well organised.



    Earlier this season at Ibrox they were slightly the better side in the first half but they looked as if they were on benzedrine or speed in the second.



    That was the most supine Celtic performance since the Dalglish inspired 4-0 debacle in 2000. On Wednesday, it’ll all be about tactics.

  7. knoxy2000 says:


    23 December, 2011 at 14:14



    Terrible news and I hope young Oscar can come through this. The Power of prayer is strong, so never give up as Miracles do happen, even when there seems like no hope.



    Prayers for the Wee lad and for his Mum and Dad and all his family at this difficult time.

  8. As someone who can’t give blood because of the medication I’m on, could I urge everyone who can to please think of doing so? I can’t think of a better Christmas present to give.



    Today for the first time in a wee while, I have felt the true spirit of Celtic and CQN on here. Thank God for that.

  9. Citibhoy Shoulder to Shoulder with Neil Lennon on



    My thoughts and prayers are with you Oscar and family.


    I only recently became a father for the first time myself, and can barely imagine how you are coping at the moment.



    I know youll unstintingly leave no stone unturned to make your son better.


    Have a look at the work of a Dr. Stanislaw Burzynski.




  10. CQN Saturday Naps Competition



    Lads, for those who are in the CQN Saturday Naps competition, there will be no CQN Naps tomorrow (Saturday), but we will be back in action on Boxing Day (Monday).



    Usual format, go back to the end of the previous article and post your selection, or alternatively, if you cannot access the previous article for any reason, then send me an email message with your selection to : fleagle1888 at yahoo.co.uk



    Merry Christmas everyone… fleagle1888

  11. THE EXILED TIM says:



    23 December, 2011 at 14:02






    They shouldn’t have had a licence this year, so the odds I would wager are about even money.



    What colour do you require btw ?




    They sneaked that one issue under the radar this year when few were aware of UEFA rules.



    That situation is no longer the case. Apart from that there are more than one hurdle to overcome, the most serious of which has to be any “going concern” qualification and given what has been uttered about the consequences of losing the EBT case there has to be serious worries AT UEFA about Ranger’s ability to be around as Rangers in next season’s competition.



    No way are UEFA going to jeopardise their competitions for Ranger’s benefit and they must be well aware by now of all the financial jiggery pokery/skullduggery that has taken place to keep them going so far.So the SFA will be under close scrutiny to get it right this time and Rangers have 3 months to leap those hurdles. Nae chance imho.



    On colour – as the wee man at the barras used to say as he flung cheap combs to his watching audience – “a green yin fura feenyin.”

  12. Neil canamalar Lennon hunskelper extrordinaire on



    thoughts and prayers for your wee Oscar, and his loved ones.


    God Bless

  13. knoxy2000


    my thoughts and prayers with young Oscar and your family


    not had a good fortnight one of my best friends diagnosed with terminal cancer,


    phone call tuesday night cousin in England collapsed with heart attack (still in intensive care).Along with young Oscar more candles Lit at Church tommorow night.

  14. Knoxy




    God bless Oscar.


    My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.



    Ps you were joking about the O O and the masons, weren’t you?

  15. The Battered Bunnet on

    They went to sea in a Sieve, they did,


    In a Sieve they went to sea:


    In spite of all their friends could say,


    On a winter’s morn, on a stormy day,


    In a Sieve they went to sea!



    And when the Sieve turned round and round,


    And every one cried, ‘You’ll all be drowned!’


    They called aloud, ‘Our Sieve ain’t big,


    But we don’t care a button! we don’t care a fig!


    In a Sieve we’ll go to sea!’



    Far and few, far and few


    Are the lands where the Jumblies live;


    Their heads are green, and their hands are blue,


    And they went to sea in a Sieve.






    They sailed away in a Sieve, they did,


    In a Sieve they sailed so fast,


    With only a beautiful pea-green veil


    Tied with a riband by way of a sail,


    To a small tobacco-pipe mast;



    And every one said, who saw them go,


    ‘O won’t they be soon upset, you know!


    For the sky is dark, and the voyage is long,


    And happen what may, it’s extremely wrong


    In a Sieve to sail so fast!’



    Far and few, far and few,


    Are the lands where the Jumblies live;


    Their heads are green, and their hands are blue,


    And they went to sea in a Sieve.






    The water it soon came in, it did,


    The water it soon came in;


    So to keep them dry, they wrapped their feet


    In a pinky paper all folded neat,


    And they fastened it down with a pin.



    And they passed the night in a crockery-jar,


    And each of them said, ‘How wise we are!


    Though the sky be dark, and the voyage be long,


    Yet we never can think we were rash or wrong,


    While round in our Sieve we spin!’



    Far and few, far and few,


    Are the lands where the Jumblies live;


    Their heads are green, and their hands are blue,


    And they went to sea in a Sieve.






    And all night long they sailed away;


    And when the sun went down,


    They whistled and warbled a moony song


    To the echoing sound of a coppery gong,


    In the shade of the mountains brown.



    ‘O Timballo! How happy we are,


    When we live in a Sieve and a crockery-jar,


    And all night long in the moonlight pale,


    We sail away with a pea-green sail,


    In the shade of the mountains brown!’



    Far and few, far and few,


    Are the lands where the Jumblies live;


    Their heads are green, and their hands are blue,


    And they went to sea in a Sieve.






    They sailed to the Western Sea, they did,


    To a land all covered with trees,


    And they bought an Owl, and a useful Cart,


    And a pound of Rice, and a Cranberry Tart,


    And a hive of silvery Bees.



    And they bought a Pig, and some green Jack-daws,


    And a lovely Monkey with lollipop paws,


    And forty bottles of Ring-Bo-Ree,


    And no end of Stilton Cheese.



    Far and few, far and few,


    Are the lands where the Jumblies live;


    Their heads are green, and their hands are blue,


    And they went to sea in a Sieve.






    And in twenty years they all came back,


    In twenty years or more,


    And every one said, ‘How tall they’ve grown!


    For they’ve been to the Lakes, and the Torrible Zone,


    And the hills of the Chankly Bore!’



    And they drank their health, and gave them a feast


    Of dumplings made of beautiful yeast;


    And every one said, ‘If we only live,


    We too will go to sea in a Sieve,—


    To the hills of the Chankly Bore!’



    Far and few, far and few,


    Are the lands where the Jumblies live;


    Their heads are green, and their hands are blue,


    And they went to sea in a Sieve.





    FLEAGLE 1888



    Excellent idea,and thanks for organising the competition.



    Tomorrow will be the first Saturday for quite some time that my reputation as a bookie-basher doesn’t get tarnished,well,trashed,actually!



    Mind you,I’m not normally a man for a Monday-Donkey derby day…..





    Something to cheer us all up…”The Busking Bhoy”.



    Very catchy tune!



    Simon Lynch will turn the clock back tomorrow when he walks out at Celtic Park.



    In May 2000 he was a relatively unknown striker hoping to make his mark in the first team as the Kenny Dalglish era ended with all eyes on Henrik Larsson making his comeback after a horrific leg break against Lyon.



    This time Lynch won’t have ten team-mates on his side but just a trusty guitar and that strange mix of nerves, excitement and adrenalin as he introduces his own single ‘Sounds of Paradise’ to the Celtic support.



    In May of this year Lynch made his You Tube debut with the humorous ‘Life of a Busker’ single with interest from that taking him from the streets of the city centre into the centre circle of Celtic Park.



    “I was taken aback by the attention that I got from the YouTube video,” he admitted, preparing for his big day. “I put that song out to test the water and got a lot of positive feedback, I couldn’t believe the amount of people that were interested in it and looking for a follow up.



    “I had a catalogue of songs that got sent on to a few people and the demo of ‘Sounds of Paradise’ ended up with someone at Celtic Park who suggested that we contact Celtic direct.



    “I did that then got a phone call from Tony Hamilton to come in and speak to him. I didn’t know what he was going to say and when he suggested that I sing it at half-time I was wondering if this was really happening.



    “I guess it’s a similar feeling as when you are a young lad and get the nod to play in front of 50,000 fans, it’s almost dream like.



    “There are two different types of nerves but I’ve got a similar feeling for Saturday as I did when I made my first team debut against Dundee United. Playing in front of a large amount of people is great but singing about the club I’ve supported all my life makes this extra special, it’s not just any stadium.



    “I’ll have plenty of friends and former team-mates coming to the match. It’ll be a good day and from twitter there seems a lot of people who’ve downloaded the song and are pleased that I’ll be singing at half time.”






    After three seasons trying the impossible- breaking into a team that included Larsson, Chris Sutton and John Hartson- Lynch moved on to Preston before spells at Dundee, Airdrie and Stenhousemuir and a stint in Australia with Queensland Roar.



    Realising that his playing days weren’t going to last forever he enrolled for university and has moved into the property market as well as getting involved in the music business.



    “Music and football have always been two of my big passions,” he added. “I was in a band with my brothers, The Oracles, before I went full time with Celtic, we were actually quite successful and it looked like we’d get a record contract but signing for Celtic put all that on the back burner.



    “I continued to play my guitar throughout my football career then a year ago a friend introduced me to a music producer, he knew that I’d written a few songs and I let him hear them and things went from there.



    “It was never in my mind that I’d get into music again, it was just something that I enjoyed doing and that’s still the case today, I don’t take it too seriously.



    “You’ve got to do what you enjoy and if an opportunity comes up take it. I decided last year to stop playing football, my heart wasn’t in it after 12 years as a professional, I enjoyed every moment at different clubs and levels.



    “I’m not really sure what will happen next but I’m not thinking beyond returning to Celtic and singing in front of the supporters.”

  18. Citibhoy Shoulder to Shoulder with Neil Lennon says:


    23 December, 2011 at 16:24



    I’ve never really listened to the interviews but the author of The Burzynski Breakthrough is a regular on Radio Liberty. Definitely worth checking out TBB IMO.



    The Burzynski Breakthrough

  19. Auldheid



    The question remains why did they get a licence this season ?



    There has been lies told or someone at the sfa has granted the licence knowing they were breaking uefa’s rules, in this respect I am astounded that Celtic and other scottish clubs have allowed to happen, as if they had asked any questions we would know about it.



    The corruption within scottish football is rife.



    Are they scared to open the box ?



    IMO some of the small shareholders should get together and fire off a solicitiors letter to the sfa demanding clarification as to why the licence was granted, after all, tis the shareholders who have been defrauded.



    The belt will be in the post next week, black writing will be acceptable I assume, looks good with a green background.

  20. Christmas is a time for love and forgivness.



    So to all Rangers fans……



    Have a great Christmas and a brilliant New Year. Hope 1691 is a fantastic year for you and your famiy.

  21. knoxy2000 says:



    23 December, 2011 at 14:14


    I’ve just seen your post. What horrendous news for you. Later tonight I’m meeting my friend who is a priest at Clonard and I will ask him to have Oscar remembered in all the Masses and prayer offerings in the Monastery over the Christmas period.

  22. newradbhoy with the kano 1000 on

    noxy 2000.


    sorry to hear your sad news.


    i will pray for wee Oscar, will light a cadle for him at mass tommorrow night.


    may God bless Oscar and your family.

  23. Is BT out in Glasgow tonight, think I passed soneone and said hello in Argyll St station. This guy wasn’t quite as handsome as I remember bt but nevertheless could be him.









    Ps we we’re both going through automatic ticket barriers in opposite directions just in case you’re wondering why I didn’t stop:-)

  24. A penalty to be awarded in the St Mirren game tomorrow 10/3 will hill, going to try and remember to bet this in the muck’s games every week, surley it would turn in a profit.




    The Melbourne CSC getting a mention? Huh, the Dubai CSC has never got a mention, CQN is clearly anti Arabic, I’ll be taking my nonsense elsewhere from now on…






  25. newradbhoy with the kano 1000 on

    I dont think rangers would even think about standing areas.


    reason being is if people stand, cheaper tickets.


    They are in no position to go offer cheaper tickets, they need all the money they can get.

  26. Philbhoy - It's just the beginning! on




    Just read your post.



    Thoughts and prayers with you and wee Oscar.



    And I believe in miracles.



    Please God.

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