Celtic and SRU test cases


Celtic again have stayed quiet while someone from the Scottish Rugby Union (SRU) briefed the media on hopes they have of hosting supporters at Murrayfield in August, with Celtic holding a similar test event at a friendly in July.  The tests would be small-scale, around 1,000 supporters in a limited part of the stadium, but would demonstrate how practical it is to safely hold public events.

All of this depends on the direction of travel of the virus in Scotland continuing its downward trajectory.

Steve McClaren is something of a joke figure among some in English football for his ‘wally/brolly’ moment when England manager and that distinctly Dutch accent when at Twente.  This is prejudicial.  He is a manager who took Middlesbrough into Europe for the first two times in their history, reaching the Uefa Cup Final three years after Martin O’Neill took Celtic there.

His time at England was unsuccessful but he would be an interesting call for Dundee United.  I hope they go for him.

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  1. I think we are in for some brinkmanship with big FF now. They know we want him, they want to sell and they need the money…



    Could go to the wire, with us left with 1 keeper in situ…




  2. Watching the BBC British and Black documetary commentary.



    Interviewing those people who have reached the top of their profession or sport, but are profiled with their British titles, awards. Stories of hardship, racism, family sacrife, parents working many jobs to let these kids be where they need to be.



    Sir, Dame, CBE, MBE, OBE.



    The positioning is, look how well these individuals did. So well they are now MEMBERS, COMMANDERS, OR IN THE ORDER.


    A sir , a dame, endentured to the monarch.



    I dont see many republicans , freedom fighters, called sir or dame.



    i cant see how acheiving these titles , awarded, makes it ok.



    Collectively, pick a date and put them all in the bin.



    Get your act together and reject that Britishness award baubles.

  3. It is actually quite ironic that Jock and Billy didnt get Knighted in their era.



    But Sir Robert accepted his,



    and the 2 reserved seats at celtic park are for Billy and Rod.



    Maybe the tory board are establishment masons, and waiting on theirs.



    And for services to sport, arise sir …….

  4. how can you be an awarded person of the British empire, keep your title, and now find a voice, put it in the bin.










    11 Famous People Who Turned Down a Knighthood




    When asked why he refused the honor, musician David Bowie told the Sun, “I seriously don’t know what it’s for.”


    When asked why he refused the honor, musician David Bowie told the Sun, “I seriously don’t know what it’s for.”




    Of all the honors that the Queen of England bestows on her subjects, a knighthood is easily the most coveted. To British citizens, few titles could be greater than having a “Sir” or “Dame” in front of their name. So what kind of person would turn down such a title? Surprisingly enough, many notables have done so. Here are some of them.





    A few rock stars have been knighted, including Sir Paul McCartney, Sir Elton John and Sir Mick Jagger – much to the anger of his fellow Rolling Stone, Keith Richards, who felt that Jagger should have declined … like another of Sir Mick’s friends, David Bowie. Bowie turned down a knighthood in 2003. “I would never have any intention of accepting anything like that,” he said. “I seriously don’t know what it’s for. It’s not what I spent my life working for.”





    The Oscar-winning actress is often considered one of the “grand Dames” of the British stage. But unlike Dame Judi Dench and Dame Helen Mirren, Redgrave actually turned down the title in 1999. Known for supporting various left-wing and humanitarian causes, she might have thought (like many others) that a knighthood would make her too much a part of the establishment. Still, she was happy to be awarded the next-highest honor, a CBE (Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire).



    3. L.S. LOWRY


    The artist, famous for paintings of the Lancashire industrial scene, turned down more honors from the Queen than any other individual – a total of five, including an OBE in 1955, a CBE in 1961 and a knighthood in 1968. Always a friend to the working class, he turned down the honors because, according to a friend, he did not want to “change his situation.”





    The Australian statesman turned down a knighthood in 1887, when Australia was still a colony of Great Britain. He went on to become one of Australia’s founding fathers (it became a nation in 1901) and serve as Prime Minister three times. It seems that his refusal of a knighthood was due to a combination of humility (he would turn down several honors) and his preference for Australia becoming a republic, severing the last of its political links to the British Empire. Australia continued to award knighthoods (conferred by the Crown) after winning independence from Britain, even though many saw them as a remnant of the colonial past. Though it has still not become a republic, Australia finally stopped awarding knighthoods in 1983.





    The actor and playwright, famous for playing a variety of rotund eccentrics, accepted an Order of the British Empire (OBE) in 1957, but turned down a knighthood in 1975. Other actors to turn down knighthoods included Trevor Howard, Alistair Sim and Paul Scofield.





    The essayist and author (Brave New World) refused a knighthood in 1959, only four years before his death. Random fact: Huxley, C.S. Lewis and John F. Kennedy all died on November 22, 1963.





    When she was young, the Nobel Prize-winning author was an ardent communist, rebelling against the monarchy and the British political system. In 1993, at the age of 74, she refused to be made a Dame. “Surely,” she said, “there is something unlikable about a person, when old, accepting honors from an institution she attacked when young?” Some years earlier, she had turned down an OBE, as the honor came from a “non-existent empire.” In 2000, however, she accepted a Companion of Honor (CH), claiming to prefer it because “you’re not called anything.”





    The great sculptor, a major figure in the modern art movement, was always keen to remember his roots as the son of a Yorkshire coal miner. Hence, he turned down a knighthood in 1951 because he didn’t want to be seen as an establishment figure.





    One of India’s great hyphenates – spiritual man, the first non-European to win a Nobel Prize (for literature, in 1913), poet, songwriter, dramatist, novelist, painter, educator – Tagore was offered a knighthood by King George V in 1915… and accepted it. However, he renounced his knighthood in 1919, following the Jallianwala Bagh massacre, in which hundreds of Indians, suspected of plotting an insurrection, were gunned down by British troops.





    Just to prove that turning down knighthoods isn’t just for modern-day rebels, Faraday (1791-1867), the great chemist and physicist who discovered the electromagnetic field, also turned down a knighthood.





    Over a century later, another famed scientist, Stephen Hawking, also reportedly said no to the Queen. According to some, Hawking refused the honor because he believed the UK government wasn’t giving enough funding to scientific causes.





    While turning down returning an MBE, Lennon spelled out his reasons in a letter to the Queen:



    “Your Majesty, I am returning this in protest against Britain’s involvement in the Nigeria-Biafra thing, against our support of America in Vietnam and against Cold Turkey slipping down the charts. With Love, John Lennon of Bag.”

  5. Last post for the night.



    EBTs are as toxic as an MBE as is a statue of a slave owner.



    Keep it lit

  6. Good morning CQN from a bright sunny morning in the Garngad.



    Happy 1st of July, 13 days to my 30th wedding anniversary.



    Get big Fraser signed up pronto and that’s the spine of the team settled.






    D. :)

  7. blantyretim is praying for the Knox family on

    Received a text from big Jimmy


    He is home and resting up ..


    He will post later on

  8. I would like to issue a “Statement” this morning….if its good enough for the Huns its good enough for me ! LOL.


    I got home from hospital last night, and obviously I will be taking things easy for a few days etc as I am still quite weak and tired after losing a lot of blood yet again, but glad to be home.


    I wish to give a MASSIVE thank you ALL for those on here who have wished me well etc, especially to DAVID66 and AN TEARMAN and LENNY BHOY who offered to help me some weeks ago with food etc.


    DAVID66 has became a real mate for helping me with domestic stuff when I couldnt walk two yards or take out my rubbish etc ?


    Hes a SAINT !


    Anyway, on other matters….does anyone know when the Glasgow Pubs with Beer Gardens are allowed to open…is it this Monday ?


    I havent used my legs or had a Beer for 105 days, so hopefully I will be well enough to make up for lost time LOL ?



    To those who MAY be interested…I placed a bet on with my Bookie some weeks ago on 3 Horses in a “TREBLE”….I only staked One Pound but the first two horses have won in recent weeks, and I also got hem at higher odds due to it being Ante Post.


    I had “PEACEFUL” at 7/2….and Golden Horde at 15/2….so I am now waiting for Dettoris horse called ENGLISH KING for this weeks Epsom Derby to storm home !


    I think ENGLISH KING is now 9/4 Favourite…but I got odds of 4/1 some weeks ago.


    Fingers crossed.


    Once again, thanks for all the good wishes Bhoys.





  9. Big Jimmy



    Good to hear from you and good luck with your bet,you’ll need it with all the beers you’re going


    to buy :O)




  10. The Blogger Formerly Known As GM on

    Why is Peter Lawell speaking to the Daily Record, never mind giving them ‘exclusive’ interviews???

  11. Big Jimmy


    Good to hear from you. Take it easy and look after yourself.





    Thanks very much Bhoys…and yes I WILL be buying plenty of Beers very shortly whether my horse wins the Derby or not ?


    If it wins…it just over £191.00 return for my £1 bet.




    I went into hospital last Friday morning and left last night……there was a Ugly Middle aged Mankie Hun with his denims on ….his Hummel “orange” away Hun Top on…he NVER took the Denims and/or his hun jersey off for the whole time that I was in…FIVE Days…he was still wearing both when I left last night.


    I could see him from my bed…and HE SLEPT in that mankie gear for the whole time that I was there….and I would sometimes walk pass him…laughing on my way to the Toilet.


    MANKIE HUN Bassa !

  13. This Fraser Forster story reeks of brinksmanship. Southampton don’t like him and don’t fancy him. I’d be surprised if he gets another chance there.



    However, they want Ntcham. They want to have their cake and eat it.

  14. Good to see big jimmy holding court I laughed this morni g at your text.predictive text in my reply is a curse.i can explain you are big jimmy and not big mummy.remember and shout 😊


    care always big fella.



  15. rpmcelticfan on

    Morning all , I followed a link on here to the official Celtic site about a tie in with JB sports but at the bottom of the piece was a headline saying Foster signs for Celtic , got all excited reading on the official site that big Fras was here on loan for the season , only to realise the date meant it was his loan from last season , scunnered doesn’t cover it :(

  16. All. With a heavy, heavy heart i wanted to let you all know that Stevie (hunderbirds) passed away this morning. a man of wit and wisdom, Celtic in his soul, and our lives are dimmed today by his loss, too early in life but leaving us with a wealth of memories to treasure. RIP Stevie.

  17. TheSaint tragic news. I hope you can pass on the condolences to the family and the high regard he was held in on CQN

  18. thanks YORKBHOY. we truly appreciate the kindness and friendship everyone has shown to Stevie on here.

  19. blantyretim is praying for the Knox family on

    RIP stevie


    No more suffering on this earth for you


    God bless 🙏🙏

  20. Hrvatski Jim on

    The Saint


    I am so sorry to hear that Stevie has passed away. He was a great contributor on here and I will certainly miss him.


    Condolences to you and the rest of his family and may he rest in the peace of Christ.

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