Champions comparable only to team of 2004, bury bad news


History will record that season 2012-13 was more successful for Celtic than season 2013-14 but the champions’ league performances this season have been comparable only to those of season 2003-04, when the club completed a 25 game winning streak.

With seven games to go we have already collected five points more than the team which reached the knock out stages of the Champions League last season, and this season we have had a worthy competitor for second place, who are favourites to complete the domestic treble of League Cup, Scottish Cup and Best of the Rest titles.

Kris Commons, Virgil van Dijk and Fraser Forster have correctly gained enormous plaudits throughout the season but the story of Celtic’s success is more nuanced.  We don’t just have a great keeper and a great central defender, we have a central defensive partnership which is better than either of the two partnerships I watched in the Manchester derby on Tuesday night.

In other times the story of our season would be the injuries at right back, but the standard of cover there, with Lustig, Matthews and Fisher, is such that no one really noticed.

The strikers didn’t really get going until Leigh Griffiths arrived in January, and much of our player investment over the summer missed the target.  This had consequences on the autumn, when we came up short of last season’s (over) achievements in the Champions League, but we have a plentiful squad of players, including Forster, Lustig, Matthews, Izaguirre, Ambrose, van Dijk, Brown, Johansen and Commons who are more than capable at Champions League level, with others knocking at the door.

Congratulations to Neil, his technical team, the many who work to keep the ship pointing in the right direction, some behind the scenes and some front of house, and to each of the players who left their mark in the history books.

On the equivalent day six years ago, we recorded that Gordon Strachan had joined Willie Maley and Jock Stein as the only Celtic managers to have won three consecutive titles.  Neil Lennon’s name is now added to that list.

With all this championship coverage, did the phrase ‘Good day to bury bad news’ slip into anyone’s mind?  “There is a reasonable expectation that the Company has adequate resources to continue in operational existence”.

You know when your chairman tells you he has a reasonable expectation the company will continue in existence that there’s nothing to worry about.  All the doubters have been put in their place.

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  1. Doh….just read back




    Apologies to Tiny Tim



    I remember the Tannadice game now and TB’s screamer into the top corner.



    Think we ended up pashed in a Lochee Celtic club that night.

  2. Magnificentseven supporting Oscar all the way on

    Alasdair MacLean





    22:49 on



    27 March, 2014





    On the John Beatie debate…..



    Like most Scottish rugby players I imagine he came from a relativley privileged background.



    Now, I’ve read the “thick” slur lined up against him and I’m sure in some circles he IS relatively thick.



    But is he thicker than say, Chick Young, Gordon Smith, Derek Johnstone…?



    You get my drift.



    Is he being subjected to a degree of prejudice tonight?



    Surely not because he is from a (relatively) privileged background?




    John is neither a bigot nor an idiot, however he does see a clear distinction between those who went to “rugby schools” and those who went to “football schools”, in short, a privileged arse

  3. pogmathonyahun aka laird of the smiles



    Wise words!



    My worst thus far has been to ask my female colleague if she’d had a ‘busty day’. Fortunately she had been both ‘busy’ and has a sense of humour!



    HH pal. Jamesgang

  4. 1982.title party in the Jungle that day.



    The outpouring of emotion as we sang that we won it for Johnny Doyle would have brought tears to a glass eye.



    Billy McNeil….thank you for being a wonderful manager back then…….Truly brilliant time to be a Celtic fan….it really was.



    God I miss the Jungle watching my team then.

  5. Kilbowie Kelt will vote YES on




    I had gone as far as having typed up exactly the same message that you have just posted.


    I then deleted it, asking myself,.. why bother ? What’s the point ?



    I was wrong.



    You are right.



    We SHOULD speak out.

  6. macjay1 for Neil Lennon on

    Alasdair MacLean


    23:19 on


    27 March, 2014



    I knew her brother ,Davie,very well.Engineering student ,Glasgow.


    Tragically drowned `76 .


    Great to hear the trad. scene is floroushing.


    Never too late for yourself..Look at Segovia.Playing in his eighties.


    Guitar is easy if you have an ear for music,particularly basic folk guitar.


    Three chord tricks cover lots of it.



    `60s folk was mainstream. Donovan,Peter,Paul and Mary.The Dubliners had a no.1


    Seven drunken nights.

  7. macjay1 for Neil Lennon on

    Geordie Munro


    23:17 on


    27 March, 2014




    Goan yersel.


    There’s worse you can be doing.




    You`re right.


    Just waiting for the drizzle to go off so I can go out and cut the grass before la senora returns.


    Work up a wee thirst and slake it over a light lunch.:-)


    Thanks.Feeling better now,Geordie.

  8. Had to leave the blog a bit earlier as I had an unexpected visitor. Scrolling back I see a good couple of posts giving helpful info re my planned Polish trip. Belated thanks to all, sorry I wasn’t around to respond immediately. HH.

  9. James gang…..



    Just because JB is a CA means he ‘s not thick?



    Only from personal experience , but most Chartered Accountants I have ever worked with have been very one dimensional and lacking in any great intelligence apart from balance sheets.



    It is far easier to count money in a business than it is to make it and I think most CA’s are given a status and a level of kudos which is undeserved in most businesses.



    I will forgive JB only because he was a Chartered Engineer before taking the soft option in business.Even softer option now in the Scottish Sports Media.





    Always good to know I’m not the only one on here with a healthy disdain for beancounters.



    Price of everything,value of nothing.

  11. Just back from my normal travels. Well done the tic but I must confess to being disappointed we won’t win it in Saturday.



    But ce la vie.

  12. Final before bed.



    I don’t do inverted class snobbery. So one of my best pals is Timothy Edward Ridley xxxxxx from SE Engerland. Proper posh and/but brand new.



    We were at a mate’s stag do in Manchester. Pushed in a kebab shop at 2 in the morning. We were asked by some local mancs who we supported.



    Celtic says I. And what about you they ask big Tim?



    Without skipping a beat he says, ‘Celtic, c’mon the Hoooops!’






    Night Timdom.




  13. BMCUWP…..



    I worked with one last year and he knew less about the overall business than the wee cleaning wummin did.



    He was actually an obstacle to us making any money at one point,until the big heed honcho sussed it and gave him his jotters as we used to say.



    He was a Jehovah’s Witness and couldn’t work out a joke we cracked one day in a restaurant about not even being aware of Jehovah’s accident far less seeing it…….you know the one!!



    Seriously…..I wouldn’t even have had the guy in a pub quiz team,he was that thick!!

  14. Magnificentseven supporting Oscar all the way on






    23:54 on



    27 March, 2014





    Final before bed.



    I don’t do inverted class snobbery




    It’s not inverted snobbery to look down on someone who looks down on you….those who don’t are the ones worthy of respect

  15. magnificentseven supporting oscar all the way



    Agreed. Respect. KTF. Night.




  16. First and foremost,



    Sincere condolences to those who have lost loved ones recently, I know they have went to a better place, the Celtic support is a humble support and that it is there to be taken advantage of by others that are not so humble and not so kind.






    Congratulations to the brilliant Neil Lennon and his most excellent backroom staff in bringing such a strong winning mentality to this evolving Young team.



    Respect the Board for their excellent stewardship of the club in most areas, I hope we keep a hold of players for at least 2 seasons, it is not much to ask, I hope Fraser stays but if he goes, he will have me watching his new team and willing him to Win. Fraser, please don’t go.



    And a Massive Well Done to all the Celtic players who have played very well in a difficult transitional season.



    I have very high hopes for next season, with the World Cup being down under so to speak, I reckon the Biggie Clubs best players will not be afforded the Luxury Celtic players have, when a really Crucial CL tie is to be played and a Crucial League game.



    Pedro, try to get Fraser to stay for just Wan mair season, Keep them all for just one season and see what happens, I have no doubt, overall, despite individual contracts, the value would rise a lot more. I know nothing though and I certainly won’t ever make money like anyone at Celtic Park, the fans would be delighted also.



    Makes sense to me…..

  17. Right guys, just in from lamb watch. The oldest lamb, born 2 weeks ago, knocked ma hat off while trying to check him out. His maw grabbed it and offski. I had to chase her all over the byre and finally managed to retrieve it before she ate it. (Don’t think she would eat it ) done it for the hell of it I think. Spring is the most wonderful time of the year. Night night Timland, it is a pleasure to be part of this wonderful site. KTF



    Weefra HH supporting and praying Wee Oscar.

  18. Weefra



    That’s what they should be showing on the Beeb!



    Night mate.



    HH jamesgang

  19. petec



    Brilliant post, 100% behind you on that. Night. :-)))



    Weefra HH supporting and praying for Wee Oscar.

  20. jamesgang



    Night night kiddo, like yer style btw. :-))



    Weefra HH supporting and praying for Wee Oscar.

  21. Weefra



    Hope it wisnae yir lucky hat…


    Mibbee take a wee visit up sometime..




  22. macjay1 for Neil Lennon on



    00:27 on


    28 March, 2014



    Thought you meant she ate her lamb.



  23. kickinthenakas



    Haha don’t have a lucky hat, but you are welcome anytime and we hope you luuuuuv eggs. The first eggs to CQNrs are normally free, as long it is no more than a 1/2 doz. miserable old gits we are, but they need fed. Really looking forward to welcoming you. :-)))



    Weefra HH supporting and praying for Wee Oscar.

  24. macjay



    Never thought of that, brilliant. PMSL when I read that. Had to re read my post. :-)))) Night.



    Weefra supporting and praying for Wee Oscar.

  25. Calling Planet Ernie Lynch…!










    ‘Ralph’ Milliband….Father Of Gormless Ed….



    Certainly Hated Britain….



    Just As He Hated Poland…..



    When He Arrived In England In 1940 With His Father….



    In The Last Ship To Escape Belgium Before It Fell To The Nazis…..



    Which Was Supposed To Have Brought Only Selected Diplomats…..



    He And His Father Were Almost Denied Entry Into Britain By The Authorities….



    Because His Treacherous Bolshevik Poilsh-Born Father….



    Had Served As An Officer In Trotsky’s Red Army…..



    When It Invaded Poland In 1920…..



    And Was Defeated At The Battle Of Warsaw……



    Now ,Disgracefully,The Odious Marxist Turned Up Seeking Shelter In Britain…



    Only Months After His Bolshevik Pals Had Yet Again Invaded And Occupied Eastern Poland…..



    In Cooperation With The Nazis……



    (And So Gallantly Leaving Mrs Millipede & Lil’ Sis Behind In Belgium)




    ‘Course ‘Ralph’ Was In No Hurry To Join Up With Armed Forces….



    I Think He Was 19 When He Eventually Joined The Belgian Section Of The Royal Navy In 1944…



    In A Cushy Role As Radio Operator….



    He Did Not Join Up To Fight For Britain..



    Though He Was Quite Happy For Young Britons To Fight On His Behalf…



    As A Belgian Refugee…He Was REQUIRED By The Belgian Govt In Exile..




    To Serve In The The Armed Forces…




    Or Face Imprisonment….



    Or Deportation Back To Occupied Belgium….



    So Spare Us The “He Fought For Britain’ Diatribe……



    Others Fought To Save HIS SKIN…











    Right..? Darned Right..!

  26. WeefratheTim



    00:27 on 28 March, 2014



    Right guys, just in from lamb watch. The oldest lamb, born 2 weeks ago, knocked ma hat off while trying to check him out. His maw grabbed it and offski. I had to chase her all over the byre and finally managed to retrieve it before she ate it. (Don’t think she would eat it ) done it for the hell of it I think. Spring is the most wonderful time of the year. Night night Timland, it is a pleasure to be part of this wonderful site. KTF



    Weefra HH supporting and praying Wee Oscar.





    GOD BLESS ye olde Fellah.



    My auld Da was in charge of the Growlin’ Guard Geese at the Distillery in Dumbarton. He raised them and nurtured them and when a predator like a Fox got one, he came home upset but nothing too serious but I knew he got close to them.



    We have never had pets, Mum never liked them, I guess she has passed that trait on to me, Subliminally. :))





    Gonnae gibber some Bible verses I’ve heard, pay special attention to verses 6&7.



    Isaiah 11



    And there shall come forth a rod out of the stem of Jesse, and a Branch shall grow out of his roots:



    2 And the spirit of the Lord shall rest upon him, the spirit of wisdom and understanding, the spirit of counsel and might, the spirit of knowledge and of the fear of the Lord;



    3 And shall make him of quick understanding in the fear of the Lord: and he shall not judge after the sight of his eyes, neither reprove after the hearing of his ears:



    4 But with righteousness shall he judge the poor, and reprove with equity for the meek of the earth: and he shall smite the earth: with the rod of his mouth, and with the breath of his lips shall he slay the wicked.



    5 And righteousness shall be the girdle of his loins, and faithfulness the girdle of his reins.



    6 The wolf also shall dwell with the lamb, and the leopard shall lie down with the kid; and the calf and the young lion and the fatling together; and a little child shall lead them.



    7 And the cow and the bear shall feed; their young ones shall lie down together: and the lion shall eat straw like the ox.



    8 And the sucking child shall play on the hole of the asp, and the weaned child shall put his hand on the cockatrice’ den.



    9 They shall not hurt nor destroy in all my holy mountain: for the earth shall be full of the knowledge of the Lord, as the waters cover the sea.



    10 And in that day there shall be a root of Jesse, which shall stand for an ensign of the people; to it shall the Gentiles seek: and his rest shall be glorious.



    11 And it shall come to pass in that day, that the Lord shall set his hand again the second time to recover the remnant of his people, which shall be left, from Assyria, and from Egypt, and from Pathros, and from Cush, and from Elam, and from Shinar, and from Hamath, and from the islands of the sea.



    12 And he shall set up an ensign for the nations, and shall assemble the outcasts of Israel, and gather together the dispersed of Judah from the four corners of the earth.



    13 The envy also of Ephraim shall depart, and the adversaries of Judah shall be cut off: Ephraim shall not envy Judah, and Judah shall not vex Ephraim.



    14 But they shall fly upon the shoulders of the Philistines toward the west; they shall spoil them of the east together: they shall lay their hand upon Edom and Moab; and the children of Ammon shall obey them.



    15 And the Lord shall utterly destroy the tongue of the Egyptian sea; and with his mighty wind shall he shake his hand over the river, and shall smite it in the seven streams, and make men go over dryshod.



    16 And there shall be an highway for the remnant of his people, which shall be left, from Assyria; like as it was to Israel in the day that he came up out of the land of Egypt.






    G’night and keep bringing new life into this World.



    And never forget……



    Everything starts with an E.

  27. Ralph Miliband was like a wife-beater who loves his wife



    Submitted by Alexander on 2 October 2013 – 12:07pm





    We always hurt the one we love, goes a popular song. Perhaps. But there’s hurt and there’s hurt.



    One man may hurt his wife by forgetting their wedding anniversary, or by drinking too much and earning too little, or by neglecting to do the dishes. Another man may hurt his wife by regularly putting her in A&E with broken bones.



    Both may claim love and beg forgiveness, and the first man may well be justified in his declaration and his entreaty. But the second man must be locked up for as long as the law allows. And if he still insists he loves his wife, he’s either a hypocrite or a madman.



    A man doesn’t express love for a woman with his fists. Nor does a political activist express love for a country with lifelong efforts to bring about a Marxist revolution. Never mind their – or their relations’ – protestations. In both instances, it’s hate speaking.



    Ralph Miliband was such a Marxist activist. He devoted his life to glorifying Marxism in theory and trying to help it vanquish in practice. So whatever his son Ed  says in response to the Daily Mail article, Ralph hated Britain – objectively, to use a term from the Marxist jargon.



    “Britain had to start working towards building a viable alternative that would be genuinely revolutionary socialist in its positions,” he wrote – and then worked towards this goal with enthusiasm worthy of a better application.



    To those who haven’t experienced it first hand, Marxism may look like an innocent intellectual pose. It isn’t. Neither is it a beautiful theory perverted by the Soviets.



    In fact even at their most murderous the Soviets fell far short of the cannibalistic prescriptions swelling the tomes by Marx and Engels.



    For example, their Manifesto prescribes the nationalisation of all private property without exception. Even Stalin’s Russia in the thirties fell short of that ideal. In fact, a good chunk, as much as 15 percent, of the Soviet economy was then in private hands.



    Marx also insisted that family should be done away with, with women becoming communal property. Again, for all their efforts, Lenin and Stalin never quite managed to achieve this ideal either, much to the regret of those who could see an amorous pay-off in such an arrangement.



    Then, according to the Manifesto, all children were to be taken away from their parents and raised by the state as its wards. That too remained a dream for the Bolsheviks. Their kindergartens and young pioneers’ camps weren’t compulsory, and those fortunate women who could get by without full-time employment were still free to read Pushkin to their children.



    Modern slave labour, such an arresting feature of both Soviet Russia and Nazi Germany, also derives from Marx – and again Lenin, Stalin and Hitler displayed a great deal of weak-kneed liberalism in bringing his ideas to fruition.



    Marx, after all, wrote about total militarisation of labour achieved by organising it into ‘labour armies,’ presumably led by Marx as Generalissimo and Engels as Chief of the General Staff. Stalin came closer to this than Hitler, but again fell short: no more than 10 percent of the Soviets were ever in forced labour at the same time.



    One aspect of Bolshevism and Nazism that came close to fulfilling the Marxist dream was what Engels described as “specially guarded places” to contain aristocrats, intelligentsia, clergy and other “noxious insects”, in Lenin’s heartfelt phrase.



    Such places have since acquired a different name, but in essence they are exactly what Marx and Engels envisaged. Here Lenin and Stalin did come close to fulfilling the Marxist prescription, but they were again found wanting in spreading concentration camps to a mere half of the world. So where the Bolsheviks and Nazis perverted Marxism, they generally did so in the direction of softening it.



    Genocidal or ideological mass murder widely practised by both the Nazis and the Soviets also derives from Marxism. Here are a few quotations from their works to give you a taste of exactly what Ralph Miliband tried to introduce to the country he supposedly loved: 



    “All the other [non-Marxist] large and small nationalities and peoples are destined to perish before long in the revolutionary holocaust. For that reason they are now counter-revolutionary… these residual fragments of peoples always become fanatical standard-bearers of counter-revolution and remain so until their complete extirpation or loss of their national character… [A general war will] wipe out all this racial trash.”



    “In history nothing is achieved without violence and implacable ruthlessness… In short, it turns out these ‘crimes’ of the Germans and Magyars against the said Slavs are among the best and most praiseworthy deeds which our and the Magyar people can boast in their history.”



    “…only by the most determined use of terror against these Slav peoples can we, jointly with the Poles and Magyars, safeguard the revolution… there will be a struggle, an ‘inexorable life-and-death struggle’, against those Slavs who betray the revolution; an annihilating fight and ruthless terror – not in the interests of Germany, but in the interests of the revolution!”



    “We have no compassion and we ask no compassion from you. When our turn comes, we shall not make excuses for the terror.”



    Truer words have never been spoken. The Russians have never made excuses for the Marxist carnage they perpetrated. And now the Marxist Ed Miliband is trying to make excuses for his Marxist father.



    Here we have another apple falling not far from the tree. Don’t pick it up – it’s poisonous.



    ⁠Alexander’s blog⁠




    PS…The Belgium-Govt-In-Exile Did Not Permit Their Countrymen Who Has Sought Refuge In Britain..



    To Declare Themselves To Be ‘Conscientious Objectors’….















    Viva Lech Walesa And J-P II…!




    Up The Hoops!

  28. The Singing Detective Demands The Resignation Of Campbell Ogilvie



    I read all of your submissions to the Blog, you obviously take a lot of Time and effort. Who am I to Judge anyone?

  29. macjay1 for Neil Lennon on



    01:12 on


    28 March, 2014


    The Singing Detective Demands The Resignation Of Campbell Ogilvie



    I read all of your submissions to the Blog, you obviously take a lot of Time and effort. Who am I to Judge anyone?





    Ain`t that the truth.


    If only you were speaking for us all.


    Aff for ma denner,pal.