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Champions comparable only to team of 2004, bury bad news

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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. antipodean red on

    The Daily Mail, also handy for use in the toilet when the soft stuff runs out…..soft paper that is!

     

     

    AR

  2. antipodean red on

    petec,

     

     

    Liam Henderson, now you’re talking, tough little bhoy as well.

     

     

    AR

  3. macjay1 for Neil Lennon on

    Lads

     

    Liam looks a great prospect.

     

    Hope Lenny introduces him gradually and keeps him away meantime from the McCullochs of this world.

     

    Saw him having a wee stoush with one of the Thistle players.

  4. macjay1,

     

     

    I have seen the U14s that Liam claims has the best player in the family, I must admit, I thought everyone at that age Group were sensational, possible Man U Kids of the genre of Giggs Scholes etc.

  5. Anyone got any latest news on the Morning after Pill?

     

     

    FFS, Liberals…….

     

     

    There is a Demonic Spirit at play here, checkmated most with PRIDE.

     

     

    I am utterly Nothing, thankfully, I don’t need to act awkward with people.

  6. I like this jibber jabber….

     

     

    The Pope then offered his analysis of “the devil’s strategy,” putting these words in the mouth of the devil himself: “You become a Christian, go forward in your faith, and I will leave you alone … But then, once you have grown accustomed to it, are no longer watchful and feel secure, I will return.”

     

     

    ——-

     

     

    I know this to be true, I’m drifting away, I NEED Help….. Prayers are good.

  7. 16 ROADS, called it right about the Decomissioning.

     

     

    Ukraine, well, Gun Grabbers..

     

     

    Global Polo state……..

  8. zimmerman

     

     

    03:09 on 28 March, 2014

     

     

    I let my mind wander,

     

     

    and it didn’t come back. :(

     

    ____________________

     

     

    If only you knew what I had gone through, the amazing thing is……….

     

     

    the ascid project LIVE at one of the Rez all nighters, suggests I realise how the Mind can be expanded and manipulated beyond all cuurent comprehension.

  9. BOBBY MURDOCH'S CURLED-UP WINKLEPICKERS .........Praying for our WEE HERO! on

    Hi,Pete.

     

     

    My 2998 number is temporarily goosed-Zoroaster the phone is,till I replace it-so can you use my 2392 number for a bit,please?

     

     

    Btw,how’s yer mail problems coming along?

  10. BOBBY MURDOCH'S CURLED-UP WINKLEPICKERS .........Praying for our WEE HERO! on

    Bloody iPad. Wtf is Zoroaster?

  11. The ascid project and the Musicmaker…….

     

     

     

    Mocking Religious people, HOPEFULLY, that wullnae ever happen again on CQN.

     

     

    I won’t hold my Breath.

  12. My friends from the prison they ask unto me

     

    how good how good does it feel to be free,

     

    and i answer them most mysteriously

     

    are birds free from the chains of the skyway

  13. BOBBY MURDOCH’S CURLED-UP WINKLEPICKERS ………Praying for our WEE HERO!

     

     

    03:29 on 28 March, 2014

     

     

    Hi,Pete.

     

     

    My 2998 number is temporarily goosed-Zoroaster the phone is,till I replace it-so can you use my 2392 number for a bit,please?

     

     

    Btw,how’s yer mail problems coming along?

     

    ___________________

     

     

    I’m sure the LorD put ALL of the obstacles in the way of me earning a lot more than I woul d, Normi nAll.y.

     

     

    Who knows, I may still get that Job.

  14. BOBBY MURDOCH'S CURLED-UP WINKLEPICKERS .........Praying for our WEE HERO! on

    ZIMMERMAN

     

     

    I read once that Bob regretted writing that song.

     

     

    Mainly because of the hurt it had caused a recent girlfriend-of the two sisters I loved the young.

  15. BOBBY MURDOCH’S CURLED-UP WINKLEPICKERS ………Praying for our WEE HERO!

     

     

    03:48 on 28 March, 2014

     

     

    ZIMMERMAN

     

     

    I read once that Bob regretted writing that song.

     

     

    Mainly because of the hurt it had caused a recent girlfriend-of the two sisters I loved the young.

     

    __________________________________________________

     

    There is Celtic, Winners of the League.

     

    We need God to keep us Winning.

     

    Easy to disregard when things are going our way.

     

    Vulnerable.csc

  16. BOBBY MURDOCH’S CURLED-UP WINKLEPICKERS ………Praying for our WEE HERO!

     

     

    03:48 on 28 March, 2014

     

     

    ZIMMERMAN

     

     

    I read once that Bob regretted writing that song.

     

     

    Mainly because of the hurt it had caused a recent girlfriend-of the two sisters I loved the young.

     

    ___________________________________________________________

     

     

    I shouda read Windswept House, thoroughly?

     

     

    Wow – what a book,……..

     

     

    The fight against a New World Order?

  17. Curled up bob,

     

     

    Dylan still writing about that épisode,

     

    Girl from the red river shore..etc

     

     

    Back.to work now.

  18. BOBBY MURDOCH'S CURLED-UP WINKLEPICKERS .........Praying for our WEE HERO! on

    ZIMMERMAN

     

     

    Carla and Suzie,forget their surnames.

     

     

    Nothing like a bit of angst when yer young…

  19. Sod this nightshift working lark,

     

     

    how the hell did i end up in the prison without the baaaa….baaaaa……bars?

     

     

    I guess i was so.much older then,

     

    I’m younger than that now.

  20. zimmerman

     

     

    04:40 on 28 March, 2014

     

     

    Sod this nightshift working lark,

     

     

    how the hell did i end up in the prison without the baaaa….baaaaa……bars?

     

     

    I guess i was so.much older then,

     

    I’m younger than that now.

     

     

    Z. you’ll learn a lot studying Bobby D.

     

     

    self serving little prick.

     

     

    He was snuggling up to Suzie because her big sister was a Bigtime record producer’s secretary.

     

     

    Mind you he is now a Freemason and “living life on the square” his concerts will help

     

    the poor folk in his “native Land”, who are continually tormented by the World press for their actions toward their close neighbour.

     

     

    I see that big Tim Rod Stewart is also appearing at the concerts.

     

     

    vaya con dios

  21. Neil Lennon & McCartney on

    “We have a good foundation at the club and there is no real necessity to sell players now. Having won the championship our focus is to step up the summer planning we have had in place for the past couple of months. We need to plan for the summer, plan for the qualifiers and hope to get through, but we do not have to sell players.”

     

     

    Peter Lawwell

  22. Look into my eyes,

     

    your feeling sleepy……sleep….sleep……sleep…..”Good. Evening and here Is the News”

     

    Today some people from à foreign country were pissed off about something,

     

    Also in the news ..à plane accidentally got lost,

     

    Now Here’s John with your weather…………sleep….sleep…

  23. Neil Lennon & McCartney

     

     

    05:20 on 28 March, 2014

     

     

    “We have a good foundation at the club and there is no real necessity to sell players now. Having won the championship our focus is to step up the summer planning we have had in place for the past couple of months. We need to plan for the summer, plan for the qualifiers and hope to get through, but we do not have to sell players.”

     

     

    Peter Lawwell

     

     

    ——

     

     

     

    Virgil and Fraser just saw their asking price increase by 20% ? Sammy saw his hope for avoiding a wage reduction disappear?

     

     

    And when they go, it will be because they aren’t true Tims……they all want to have a career with Norwich or Wigan……..

     

     

    The more you open your eyes to it, the more you see, the reason for the board’s silence on the MSM attacks on club and support is because they’re a necessary evil through which to peddle the PLC’s own spin. All about the £££s.

     

     

     

    My condolences to GCT – hope you have a safe trip over here amigo. Your recollections of your brother brought tears to the eyes but what an amazing mhan :((

     

     

    Condolences to you too A Light Insanity, and thoughts are with everyone else going through tough times.

     

     

    Finally, congrats to Lenny and the team. Loved Virgil pouring the champers over Broonies’ napper . Love ourt squad, and in particular, Sammy and Tony Stokes proved again they are outstanding players, despite the programmed opinion on here that “they might, or might not be, let’s offer them a pay cut and see if they stay”.

     

     

    Off oot.

  24. Thanks to those posters who joined me in standing against the cowardly and personal attack on John Beattie last night by Ernie Lynch.

     

    I cannot abide these kind of personal slurs on people that have no basis in fact. Many of us will have, or will know somebody who has suffered tge same

  25. I had hoped to see a retraction from Ernie that would have restored my faith in him. There is still time.

  26. Good morning friends and a Big Happy Friday from a dry, calm and pretty pleasant East Kilbride.

  27. skyisalandfill c'mon wee Oscar on

    Morning all

     

    Bright qand dryish on the Moray coast.

     

    Aye, Campbell would be a fantastic fit at FIFA right enough. Have they truly no self awareness. Wish Pedro would out this total chancer but perhaps there is stuff going on about that we are not privvy to. One can but hope.

     

    Received my Seville book yesterday and it is beyond expectations. Congratulation to all involved in it’s production.

     

     

    HH