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Celtic to the core, Graves and your role

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Several years ago, long before CQN, I was fortunate enough to be in the company of 10 of the 11 Lions who took the field in Lisbon.  It was a great to see them interact with each other.  A grinning Jinky walked in late, “Am I in trouble again?”, bringing a playful shout from all the others.

I’ve since met the rest of the squad who didn’t make the field, but Willie Wallace remained an unknown quantity, until this week.  I occasionally wondered what role Celtic played in the life of a man who left for Australia circa 40 years ago.

As anyone who read Willie on the blog this morning will realise, he was cut from the same wood as the rest of the team, with a deeply set Celtic grain.  When I met him on Saturday he had all the playfulness and spirit the other Lions had, but there was no hiding his sharp competitive edge when talk go around to matters on, and sometimes, off, the field.

Many thanks for chatting this morning, Willie.

If you can make it to Waterstones in Stirling tomorrow evening (late night shopping), I’ll be there with Willie, who will be signing copies of Heart of a Lion.  See you there.

I missed out on the preparations and commemorations yesterday by Celtic Graves and so many Celtic fans.  Caught up with it late in the day online.  Things about this club blow you away sometimes.  I know there is some traceable linage from Celtic Graves, though Jungle Bhoys and all the way back to Celts for Change.  With supporters like this, your club is in incredibly good hands.

At any other club these events would be remarkable.  At Celtic, they are just another chapter in a very special story.

Which takes me onto the next point………

All of these great things are underpinned by you, me and thousands of others buying season tickets each year, no matter who survives long enough to compete in the league, no matter how many times newspapers try to tell you Everton want (and will get) Neil Lennon, no matter if we win, lose or draw.

The Jungle Drums tell me sales are up on the equivalent period last year, which is great news, but it is absolutely necessary.  I want to see Celtic back in the Champions League next season, competing as effectively as they did last season.  I want to see us mature the development strategy which is already delivering such bounty.

This is your club, claim your seat and make it happen.

Stunning response to our ebay raffle and auction.  Sincere thanks to those who bought tickets and bid.  You have two days to buy a ticket for the framed Celtic top signed by the Seville squad, and a few days more for the signed and framed Messi top……..

Heart of a Lion available below, or see you at Waterstones, Stirling tomorrow evening (times will be confirmed tomorrow).


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  1. The Spirit of Arthur Lee on

    Summer’s gone, day’s spent with the grass and sun,

     

    I don’t mind, to pretend i do seems really dumb.

     

    I rise as the morning comes, crawling through the blinds,

     

    I shouldn’t be up at this time, but i can’t sleep with you there by my side.

  2. The Token Tim on

    just logged on and read back a couple pages:

     

     

    HAIL! HAIL! Kano!

     

     

    Best wishes to you, carolyn and the Family!

     

     

    Ramie,

     

     

    HAIL! HAIL! to you also, a true friend!

     

     

    HAIL! HAIL!

     

    Token

  3. masty is neil lennon on

    really humbling seeing all the photo’s at the various grave sides….typical of this great family that we call celtic..

  4. 50 shades of green on

    Hail Hail Kano .

     

     

    And pray tell me

     

     

    What is your all time fav Celtic song ?

  5. masty is neil lennon on

    all the best to ye BT AND MRS BT….19 years eh? got 23 under ma belt…ffs the 3 krays never did that between them…lol..

  6. BOBBY MURDOCH'S CURLED-UP WINKLEPICKERS on

    MASTY

     

     

    You might as well cancel yer silver wedding plans after that comment,haha!!

     

     

    Congratulations to both couples….

  7. She’s back again…..

     

     

    Charlotte Fakeovers ‏@CharlotteFakes 52s

     

    LBA from Craig Whyte appears to be a very significant step. It’s his first major move. The December 2012 letter was issued by Aidan Earley.

  8. BOBBY MURDOCH'S CURLED-UP WINKLEPICKERS on

    MASTY

     

     

    “Really,darling? thirty-three not twenty-three? Doesn’t time fly when we are so blissfully happy?”

     

     

    You can have that,gratis.

     

     

    RelateCSC

  9. masty is neil lennon on

    BOBBY MURDOCH’S CURLED-UP WINKLEPICKERS

     

     

    bottles just crashed realising its 33…still gonna get them kicked..

  10. BOBBY MURDOCH'S CURLED-UP WINKLEPICKERS on

    MASTY

     

     

    “There may be trouble ahead….”

     

     

    Good luck!

  11. masty is neil lennon on

    thanks for the kind words guy’s ..it was a pleasure while it lasted…feckin just spent 400 bar on a season book aswell….

  12. BOBBY MURDOCH'S CURLED-UP WINKLEPICKERS on

    MASTY

     

     

    Do you want us to contact CELTIC GRAVES on your behalf?

  13. BOBBY MURDOCH'S CURLED-UP WINKLEPICKERS on

    MASTY

     

     

    Consider it done,mate.

     

     

    Got a donation planned in that line anyway,but not quite finalised.

  14. jude2005 is Neil Lennon \o/ on

    For some reason i seem to have Bing as my server how do I get back to Google Chrome?

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