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. saltires en sevilla on

    Art of War says:


    23 December, 2011 at 12:41



    Have a great Christmas and best wishes in 2012 (wrapped up in the league flag)







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




    You said earlier that you are not allowed to donate blood as you are asthmatic.



    I realise that there are varying degrees of symptoms and treatment.



    I, too am asthmatic. Inhalers only (No steroids)



    I am also diabetic and continue to donate blood.



    The Blood Transfusion Service are happy to write to your doctor who can advise them if it is safe to donate even whilst taking prescribed drugs. They did with me.



    If you have’nt given blood for a while it might be worth a try.



    The same applies to anyone on the blog who is on prescribed drugs and is unaware that they can still safely donate blood.



    I am in touch with the Blood Transfusion Service now and again and they never have a surplus!



    Makes sense tae me!




    you would have thought Fat Derek would be impossible to replace, but Dazza just pips him.



    An erse of a man

  4. I can’t do this as well as Philvis but the Govanites warchest is funded as you should all already know by the Motherwell Born Billionaire Craig Whyte who’s wealth is ‘off the scale’ he’s all bling and Rangers are his plaything and he’s so freakin’ rich like a Govan Abramovich. Word…



    Over and Out!




  5. Knoxy2000 – just read your post.



    My thoughts and prayers are with your wee lad and the family.



    I lost my mum 2 weeks ago and the support I received from CQN was most uplifting – I hope you take similar comfort from the many kind messages posted.

  6. knoxy2000



    Such sad news. There really are no words. My thoughts are with you and your family.



    I have always thought I should give blood, your post has just made my mind up for me.

  7. up_over_goal says:


    23 December, 2011 at 14:45



    Big Fraser still not convincing you?



    He must be getting close to making it into your teams now. ;)



    I agree about Izzy, if he could get the full 90 minutes in there must be every chance he will make the game against them, what a great boost that would be.



    As soon as the game is won tomorrow Neil should get the crucial players off, I agree with you about Sammi being one of them.



    It will be interesting to see the team selected tomorrow and whatever it is, it will be strong enough to put this game to bed relatively early IMO. What I would like to see is a continuation of the 4-3-3 more than anything else.

  8. knoxy2000



    What can any of us say … ?



    My kids and I (one of whom is only 3, just like your Oscar) will remember you in our prayers.



    Hail, hail.

  9. Knoxy 2000..



    Sorry to hear your sad news m8 but always remember a wise man once said this ain’t the end its just the beginning.



    With strong parents in his corner the wee man will come through this.



    Last Friday I had to take my wee bhoy to hospital because if kids are unwell and their temperature goes through the roof it causes them to take a convulsion


    so as you can imagine it was very frightening but not as scary as the pain you are suffering at this moment.



    My wee bhoy is sound now but take care matey and I’m sure all the decent Celtic fans on this forum will say a prayer to help your little bhoy pull through this.



    Hail Hail and God Bless.

  10. Knox2000



    When my wife was ill in 2003 watching youngins like your son taking their treatment in their stride blissfully unaware of the seriousness of their illness’s that truly had me shaking my head in wonder at how cruel life is at times.



    Thoughts and prayers with your Oscar, his Mum and Dad and the rest of your family.




  11. Joe Filippis Haircut on

    Strange that some CQNrs would question why we would be interested in Hearts keeper Kello well if we want to sign Fraser Forster it will cost us 2 million when we can get Kello for a small signing on fee now a question who do you think will appeal most to the sharp suited man ? That in also why I would not dismiss out of hand us signing Kris Boyd as he is also a free agent.H.H.

  12. Philbhoy – It’s just the beginning! says:


    23 December, 2011 at 17:59




    Thanks for that info. it was in my late 20’s after about 10yrs of giving blood when I read one of they’re documents that everyones meant to read but rarely do, anyway it was something like don’t give bloof if you have the following ……. asthma was one of them, I spoke to the doctors/ nurses/ specialist at the blood donor point and they advised against it, it was probably the fittest time of my life but it seems they didnae want my blood, I understand the need is greater now so I will enquire again.



    I posted earlier today, it is the most uplifting thing you can experience and it really can save somebody’s life.



    HH to ye Phil



    offline for a bit.




  13. hamiltontim –



    It’s an 8.00pm kick off in St Leonard’s. The choir are particularly good this year and as for the keyboard genius well what can I say…




  14. Knox 2000,



    The depth of feeling, prayer and good wishes on this forum for you and your boy is incredible.



    But it’s nothing compared to the strength your family will provide for young Oscar.



    My old man had the last rites four times, twenty years ago, he still follows the Hoops today……



    Stay strong, yer boy needs ye !!!



    Praying for you mate.




  15. knoxy2000 says:


    23 December, 2011 at 14:14



    Just read your post and don’t really know what to say, other than to reiterate what everyone else has said.



    Anyone in Scotland wanting to donate blood can find out when then can do so locally by enetering their postcode on this site.




  16. Thanks again for all the messages of support.



    Houl yer wheest @ 17.17- Thanks, that would be very nice.



    Praecepta- sorry to hear about your Mum. Im sure she was great woman and may she rest in peace!!



    I hope to get out on Wed night for a few well deserved beers. I will toast you all, and if we beat the huns it will cheer me right up. For a while anyway!!




  17. With Zaluskas contract coming to an end in May it could be that the intention is to sign Kello and Foster.



    Off topic but does anyone know of Bhoys who’ve been allocated a ticket for Peterhead away in the cup?