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Celtic will weep

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There are probably a dozen important metrics to measure Celtic’s health: total revenue, commercial revenue, merchandising sales, trophies, European progress, but the most important long term indicator of the club’s health is the is demand for season tickets, which not only sold out this week, but did so in record time.

Three years ago, the upper tier of the Lisbon Lions stand was covered in advertising tarpaulin.  Brendan Rodgers’ arrival changed that, but his departure changed nothing. Now, the task for Celtic, is to keep the kettle boiling without the perma-tanned one.

My suspicion is, there is going to be an intensity about the next two seasons as Nine and Ten come into focus.  These will be leagues for the ages, we all want to be there.

But the football business is never simple, even if the next two seasons go to plan.  Football does not stop at Ten, but getting there changes everything.

Alexander the Great wept when there were no more worlds to conquer.   11, 12 or whatever-in-a-row would all be just another season for Celtic fans, what number do we chase with any conviction then?  This is very much a First World problem, can you imagine how losing the next two leagues to Celtic will affect our supposed rivals?

Celtic the Great will weep at having no more records to chase, but, goodness, the bitter realisation of historic and perhaps permanent failure – knowing the best you can hope for is second to Celtic – that will threaten the viability of some.

I’m enjoying these times.  Every minute of them.  You have a good weekend.

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  1. auldheid

     

     

    Don’t know about one team in Dundee, but I’d certainly advocate a one stadium Dundee!

     

    Albeit from a different base, (distorted by prejudice over a 50-60 year period) Women’s football certainly is making well deserved progress. Maybe they could play all their games at 3pm on a Saturday afternoon, that could be a novel idea.

  2. ziggydoc1 on 8th June 2019 1:01 pm

     

     

     

    Twitter rumour and photo (from behind) that Bahlul Mustafazada was met at airport by Celtic security.

     

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    Watched quite a lengthy clip of him in action posted on another site. The guy is a red card magnet throwing himself into a lot of challenges, goes to ground all too quickly. Obviously hard to really judge from a vid clip but I sincerely hope that he is being looked at as a ‘project’ and not a 1st team player.

  3. Celtic Mac

     

     

    One stadium would be a step in the right financial direction. If Yanks are in charge it’s only a matter of time.

     

     

    Like the 3pm KO for ladies idea, especially if TV blackout didnt apply between 3 and 5.

     

     

    It was amusing for me the other week to hear some of the thoughts on Facebook of the girls I used to taxi from EK to Cumbernauld via Bridgeton , Maryhill and Bellshill, all who played for Scotland U17s and senior level.

     

     

    Top man always with a story was one opinion.

  4. auldheid

     

     

    Those efforts, yours and the players, and others, certainly bearing fruit now. Adversity and all.

     

    Disappointed no Celtic players in the Scottish Womens’ squad, but Jennifer Beatty went from us to Arsenal, to France and to Manchester City so we can take some credit there.

  5. Scotland team for tonight (with my emphasis on Celtic players or those with some connecion to our Club) –

     

    MARSHALL

     

    O’Donnell,

     

    McKenna

     

    MULGREW

     

    ROBERTSON

     

    Mclean

     

    FORREST

     

    McGinn

     

    Brophy

     

    McGREGOR

     

    Fraser

     

     

    Our 12 subs include Bain, Findlay, Armstrong and Burke

     

     

    The warm up important game berfore tomorrow’s clash with the Auld Enemy

     

     

    COYBIB / COYGIP

  6. Jobo 6.37pm

     

     

    My self imposed exile (nearly 13 days :-)

     

     

    Has to be broken

     

     

    Mon the Scotland …

     

     

    Stevie Clarke CSC (2nd best manager in this country after Neil :-)

     

     

    BMCUWP if lurking or any of your blog reading (they usually do :-) … radio Scotland today had Paul Clarke as a guest .. think you grew up with him, s great listen plus Joe Jordan was on, his 5 @ side team was Shilton, Baresi, Bremner, Dalgliesh & Jinky… two on the bench Denis Law & Bobby Collins, was a great listen …. roll on the CL draw to give the dissenters more reason to dissent … treble treble ??? Only for some :-)

  7. Fairhill Bhoy 7.42pm

     

     

    Believe it or not I would prefer the nobody status :-)

     

     

    Melbourne Mick gave me a mention in his list last week and when all said and done it’s hard to stay away …

     

     

    Some of the shoite on the internet is only obvious when you take a step back …

     

     

    For the the Record … I wish some posters realised, not that it matters, Neil was not “sacked” from Hibs… am glad the Huns & dissenters are running “cheap option” Neil down … he has proved many more doubters wrong in the past :-)

  8. fairhill bhoy on

    GFTB-I was on last week defending you against some on sentincelts,yet you come back from your self imposed exile to start with another dig at BMCUWP and his blog!

     

    There are lurkers from both blogs :-))))

  9. Fairhill 8.05pm

     

     

    A dig at BMCUWP ?

     

     

    I was giving him the heads up about Stevie Clarke’s brother being on radio Scotland who BMCUWP went to school with … it was a heads up for him to listen to it on catch up …

     

     

    One online site is enough for me these days and even here is hard work :-)

     

     

    But if you think different batter in :-)!

  10. GFTB,

     

     

    Most of the opinions based on blogger subjective views with axe to grind are shoite.

  11. jinkyredstar on

    Superstar Clark now finding out the difference between being a hero for not losing and a zero for not winning

  12. jinkyredstar on

    And for those of you who constantly refer to our manager by his surname only – playing not to lose is a damn site easier than playing to win.

  13. Fairhill Bhoy 8.13pm

     

     

    No bad at all my centenary Celt :-) and by the way no need to defend me, I don’t even bother so don’t waste your own time

     

     

    Ron Bacardi 8.14pm is spot on :-)

     

     

    We all are capable of posting rubbish, I can forget my own rubbish within seconds :-)

  14. Funnily enough, the Celtic players plus Andy Robertson playing well. The rest, not so.

  15. Fairhill Bhoy 8.34pm

     

     

    Cheers

     

     

    But only gives oxygen to others :-)

     

     

    Keep it Celtic … then some have no where to go

     

     

    The “I told you so Brigade” will have their day one day, until then enjoy every title/cup like it’s our last ?

  16. fairhill bhoy on

    GFTB-there you’re away again mate,nobody is allowed to have a problem with our club cos we’re winning ?

  17. Fairhill Bhoy 8.45pm

     

     

    Am away nowhere …

     

     

    Celtic is Celtic to me … some love to look for a negative … that’s not my Celtic

     

     

    I don’t care what other people’s Celtic experience is, let them be… the internet isn’t real life …. same old shoite season after season … already anticipating the “David Turnbull” windae, that will cheer a few online up :-)

  18. Fairhill Bhoy 8.45pm

     

     

    For clarification at what point in any of my posts did I mention

     

     

    “nobody is allowed to have a problem with our club cos we’re winning ?”

     

     

    Or am I being misrepresented on these pages as well :-)

  19. fairhill bhoy on

    GFTB- the ‘I told you so brigade ‘will have their day?

     

    What brigade is that?

  20. Bada 9.17pm

     

     

    Andrew Robertson has explained there is no fairytale ..

     

     

    He was let go at Celtic at 15 deemed not good enough …

     

     

    2yrs later Queens Park playing amateur and not picked up for 2 seasons when Dundee Utd took the chance …

     

     

    Some say fairytale

     

     

    Andrew says …. “I have work my bollocks off and people who say fairytale haven’t a clue”

     

     

    When he was 15 he wasn’t good enough … hard work made Andrew the player he is now …

  21. Fairhill Bhoy

     

     

    Self explanatory

     

     

    The ones who told us so :-)

     

     

    When we lose a league cup game, a Scottish Cup game or God forbid a league … the “I told you so Brigade” will be here telling you … I told you so .. it’s always just a matter of time ,.

     

     

    Trust me … I am telling you so :-)

  22. Bada 9.45pm

     

     

    Bada

     

     

    It was Andrews words not mine

     

     

    I think the fairytale stuff demeans a young pro who was on the Buroo and worked his socks off to get fae Queens Park, Dundee Utd, Hull City, Liverpool to CL final and captaining his country ???????

  23. !!Bada Bing!! on

    With a Motherwell ST holder, Turnbull is Motherwell ST as a kid,best prospect he has seen including Phil..