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. Joe Filippis Haircut



    I wasn’t questioning buying Kello, I just don’t think we will, if it were to replace Zaluska I could see it, but it won’t be to replace Fraser this season.



    Big Fraser will be the england keeper one day, and 2 mill will be 2 mill well spent imo.



    As you say, PL does like a freebie.


    But a freebie like boydechenko, not a hope in hell.

  2. Ernie



    I’ve not spoken to one person who has one directly from Celtic. I’ve managed to pick up 2 but I think they could be for the area designated for the home support.

  3. Paul67,



    In case I over-indulge during the coming days and forget, let me take this opportunity to say, thanks for a great site.



    There would be a yawning gap in my average day if I couldn’t “tune in” to the thoughts, opinions and daftnesses of fellow fans.



    Thanks again and Merry Christmas!

  4. knoxy2000



    Sorry to hear of your news.



    I was a late starter, 49 now started giving blood at the grand old age of 44. Since my first donation I have only missed it twice, once when I had kidney stones and once when I had the flu.



    I would encourage anybody that is able to give blood to do so, painless and so uplifting. You only have to do it every 13 weeks.



    Keep the Faith!



    Hail Hail!

  5. glendalystonsils on

    Just been doing my usual daily lurk when a rather amusing thought came into my head re the number of CQN blood donors out there.


    There are bound to be quite a few huns out there who, while they are singing about being up to their knees in Fenian blood, might actually owe their survival to having some of it inside them.


    Makes ya think.

  6. knoxy2000,



    Can’t add much more to the feelings already posted but just wanted to let you know your bhoy and you are in my thoughts.Stay strong mo chara.

  7. The Battered Bunnet on

    If emdy wishes to get the jingle bells started ahead of time….



    …might I recommend Christ the King at Kings Park.






    Works for this itinerant.

  8. BT



    Lol aye but at least they’ll enjoy it :-)






    Did you get one from Celtic?

  9. Gordon_J backing Neil Lennon says:


    23 December, 2011 at 13:25


    Rangers have a safe? What’s in it – the bills that haven’t yet been paid? Criag Whyte’s Big Book Of Excuses? All of the eight figure bids so far received for Jelavic?



    Anyway, three points and no injuries or red cards will do for me tomorrow. It would be great for Izaguirre to get some game time too.



    With Big Dan out it would make sense to choose the central defensive partnership for Killie that will play in the next game to give them some time together. A few options are available with Rogne and Wilson now fit to compete with Mulgrew and Wanyama.






    hail hail Gordon J



    I think Rogne and Charlie at the back. Wilson is a wee bit shakey for my liking. He seems to panic a wee bit. I know he is young, but still think Mulgrew has been very good when called upon in defence. i only wish he’d practice his free kicks more . keep Victor in Midfield, he is dominant there., with Kayal, Ledley,and Forest or Sammi wide. But with Stokes injured. play sammi up front with Hooperman. hail hail we shall prevail!!

  10. Knoxy



    Dificult to know what to say.



    My own boy has been seriously ill, to the point of ‘deaths door’ 3 times, including his birth.



    It knocks the crap out of you more than you can ever anticipate.



    My only words are never to lose hope.



    We were told my son would never function, be self sufficient, walk etc. he has achieved way much more than we were led to believe is possible. He has his challenges yes, but he is here, and as far as I can tell is very excited about Christmas.



    I wish you well on your journey. Don’t let the wee man see you when your fragile, it doesn’t help. If your positive, he will take this as a lead.



    My own experience is I can cope with most things, but find sympathy the most difficult thing to take. Might well say more about me.



    Good luck mate. I will give blood at the first opportunity.

  11. Can any CQNers in and around the Southsea/Portsmouth area tell me if there are any friendly CSC’s or pubs down there?

  12. went on Blood donor site,gave details,on medication for blood pressure,so await answer


    gave blood in my younger days,when they used to give access for them to come into shipyards,etc during working hours,still got the book with date of donations,



  13. THE EXILED TIM says:



    23 December, 2011 at 17:05



    I think there is a bit of mileage left in this one and on his blog RTC gave an indication that the wee tax bill story would come into more focus after the turn of the year.



    Questions like why were the arrested funds not taken by HMRC?



    When did Rangers actually appeal and why?



    What “evidence” of not having unpaid tax was presented to the SFA as the proof that the rules required that there was no unpaid tax or (stretching the rules) would be paid without further HMRC action?



    I think any action can wait until there is some public activity on the late appeal and HMRC’s response to it emerges (assuming of course it will not take another year.



    Black on green sounds good to me.

  14. hamiltontim says:


    23 December, 2011 at 19:34





    Did you get one from Celtic?’



    No chance.



    Fortunately, I have friends in low places.

  15. 67Heaven ... I am Neil Lennon..!! Tick Tock !! on

    Jingle Bells to all at CQN……!!…….I’m assuming the LL are having a laugh saying NEIL is interested in Boyd………..

  16. knoxy2000



    Your post has hit a raw nerve with myself,I have given about 20 pints of blood (bugger all


    to me when you think of it )was fed up trying to give blood on the road ,staff could not


    give a damn,complained to nhs .



    Keep thinking I will go back every year………I WILL NOW ,NEED A KICK UP MY SELFISH ARSE.

  17. Knox2000, my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.



    My wee girl was struck by a form of bone cancer when she was 10. There are no words to convey how that affected us all. If we had no words then, you’ll have no words now. So don”t try and find them. Rational human beings are incapable of inventing words to describe what you feel right now.



    Others will need your strength at this time. I’ll be praying for you and yours.



  18. Ernie



    If you manage to pick up anymore I’d really appreciate you contacting me at hamiltontim@hotmail.co.uk



    My two are all that our bus has so far and we were hoping to travel up and stay in Aberdeen on the Saturday night.

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


    23 December, 2011 at 19:56


    ‘ernie I bow to you’re quick fingers on celticbars.com but I was generalising, its a hunnish area.’




    Only ever been there to catch ferries so have no idea what the place is like.



    In general though even hunnish areas have Celtic enclaves and redoubts.

  20. There’s only one Glasgow Celtic!


    There’s only one Glasgow Celtic!


    We come from Ireland!


    We come from Scotland!


    We’re walkin’ in a Celtic Wonderland!

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


    23 December, 2011 at 19:48,,



    Regularly think of Pablo. Checked some e-mails yesterday and had one from him on 17 December 20010.



    I especially think of him when CQN is not a pleasant place.



    I think we should have a Pablo night for CQN. Happy to help but it would probably be in Scotland.



    Árd Macha

  22. hamiltontim says:


    23 December, 2011 at 20:03




    It might be worth phoning Peterhead sooner rather than later.

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