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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. macjay

     

     

    re petec’s “Who am I to Judge anyone?”

     

     

     

    You replied

     

     

    “Ain`t that the truth.

     

    If only you were speaking for us all.”

     

     

     

    Is that coming from the same person who called Jeanette Findlay a Red under the Bed and Jack Jones a Russian Spy???

     

     

     

    Is that a speck in your eye or something bigger?

  2. 67heaven … i am neil lennon, supporting wee oscar..!!.. ibrox belongs to the creditors

     

     

    08:40 on 28 March, 2014

     

    antipodean red

     

    08:14 on 28 March, 2014

     

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    Yep DK is possibly a very rich man with an accountant at hand, he allegedly lost 20 mill, no matter how rich these people are, they want to make more. No accountant on this earth would ever sanction such a move, without the use of other PEOPLE’S money, can’t see it happening. Another GID.

     

    Bye the way, it’s just an opinion,I’m no money man.! But….Makes sense tae me…!

     

     

    Ayrshire is Green and White

  3. setting free the bears supports:

     

     

    I thought it was courtesy and decent to scream FOUR!!!

  4. Kitalba,

     

     

    Good evening to you.

     

     

    In an ideal world what you ask would be, well ——ideal.

     

     

    That however is maybe more of a society issue rather than a footballing issue and maybe another debate for another day.

     

     

    If it my choice I would walk away from Scottish football tomorrow, we owe them nothing.

     

     

    I of course accept your points but also point out “honest” mistakes occur elsewhere. Can you imagine the outcry from ourselves if an official was so inept as what was witnessed live last Saturday in the Chelsea v Arsenal game.

     

     

    Cheers and HH to you.

  5. blindlemonchitlin

     

     

    08:45 on 28 March, 2014

     

     

    Mick

     

    Bowling championships is it?Here’s me thinking all the cones along the Main Street in Prestwick were for the open top bus parade the city fathers had organized to celebrate 3 in a row…………..or perhaps not

     

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    Going by how empty two pubs I was in, one each half, I thought those cones are a waste of time, should be used for another purpose. Bowling.

     

     

    HH

  6. Greenpinata:

     

     

    More glory us the more honest mistakes, and more glory us the foolishness the honest mistakers, but I’d like to see Scottish football clean, for all comers, even impoverished and contrite pioneers.

  7. Off oot for much needed beauty sleep. Getting uglier by the day, it isn’t my fault, Unless you are implanted with Chips to dance like……

     

     

    Staying Alive

     

     

     

    Georgiaguidestones.rfc

  8. 67Heaven ... I am Neil Lennon, supporting WEE OSCAR..!!.. Ibrox belongs to the creditors on

    tinytim

     

     

    07:29 on 28 March, 2014

     

     

    Wake up Tiny, ah think av got something to say to you…….they’re fecked …….. :)

  9. the foolishness – of – the honest mistakers…. they can’t see the cameras seeing them.

  10. F.A.B. Virgil on

    Good to see Pinsent Masons take a whole table at last night’s Fundraiser for the Foundation. In my wee warped world I am satisfied that RIFC has now made a significant contribution via PM to our good works!

     

     

    HH

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

    KITALBA

     

     

    No problem,bud. I hope that didn’t appear brusque,it wasn’t my intent.

     

     

    Just up,getting the washing hung out,pub opens in five minutes and I live twenty minutes away!

     

     

    My time-management skills need improving as much as my diplomacy!!

     

     

    HH

  12. 67Heaven ... I am Neil Lennon, supporting WEE OSCAR..!!.. Ibrox belongs to the creditors on

    micktt

     

     

    08:49 on 28 March, 2014

     

     

    ….and I just can’t get enough….!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  13. Visit Scotland on the FFin’ list:

     

     

    “Visit Scotland – Where Is Ibrox?”

     

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    “At first they demonise you, then they simply remove you from sight or sound.

     

    Just reminds me of Reids statements, before we were brought down.

     

    And don’t tell me it was all guesses! He knew exactly what was planned.”

     

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    “When I first thought about this I was laughing at the poster for being petty. Now that’s it’s sank in a bit it’s atrocious. We are the biggest club in this country. This is no accident. I think a strongly worded email will be making it’s way to them and heads should roll.”

     

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    “Found easily enough on the website.”

     

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    “We’re on there, but listed under Rugby?”

     

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    “irregardless it’s been left off that page.”

     

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    “Ibrox is listed as a museum when you search for it on that site.”

  14. Just back from my usual Friday morning swim and decided to read the nightshift over my morning coffee,don’t normally read back usually too busy with work however tried it for a wee change today.Big Mistake!! Page 11 full of right wing nutters and religious nonsense,never again.

     

     

    Back to read page 12 and 13 now,hope they have gone.

     

     

    Looking forward to watching the champions on Saturday in Paradise.

     

     

    Hoping Liam Henderson will become our current day Paul McStay.

     

     

    Cheers.

  15. monaghan1900

     

     

    08:59 on 28 March, 2014

     

    Visit Scotland on the FFin’ list:

     

     

    Sir, you are consistently funny as £&@! In what you post!

     

     

    Thank you for putting a smile in my face!

     

     

    Back to my document!

     

     

    HH jamesgang

  16. jamesgang

     

    09:11 on

     

    28 March, 2014

     

     

    Glad you liked it – irregardless!

     

     

    HH

  17. macjay1 for Neil Lennon on

    setting free the bears supports Res. 12 & Oscar Knox

     

    08:46 on

     

    28 March, 2014

     

    macjay

     

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    macjay1 for Neil Lennon

     

    01:17 on

     

    28 March, 2014

     

    petec

     

    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?

     

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    Ain`t that the truth.

     

    If only you were speaking for us all.

     

    Aff for ma denner,pal.

     

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    “us all” i.e. bloggers.ie fellow Celtic supporters

     

    Judge not,lest ye be judged.

     

    If you want to take my reply literally ,then you have a point.

     

    If you feel that`s a “gotcha”,then be my guest.

     

    Enjoy you victory.

     

    I was however speaking in the context of judging fellow bloggers ,fellow Celtic supporters,and subsequently bullying them.As T.S.D. is judged ,bullied and vilified.

     

     

    I`m interested in the welfare of Celtic.My only motivation.Fellow bloggers opinions of me are irrelevant.

     

     

    You made a reference to my “reds under the bed “concerns the other day.

     

    I read on here that Jeanette Findlay was an admirer of Trotsky.Would you happen to know if that is true?

  18. timmy7_noted

     

     

    09:02 on 28 March, 2014

     

     

    I wouldn’t say page 11 was full of it…2 posts at most and I wouldn’t say they were nutters..

     

     

    Ayrshire is Green and White

  19. See if we don’t get a resounding Yes in the ‘big vote’,… can we demand, that in all fairness, they share the wealth and they create a British league structure by geography, i.e. the premier league north consisting of amongst others Aberdeen, Celtic, Dundee Utd.. Everton, Hibs, Hearts, Leeds, Man Utd. Man. City, Newcastle and York? And the premier league south would be the premier league south. Ain’t gonna happen.

  20. bognorbhoy oscar in my thoughts on

    Monaghan1900

     

     

    “Ibrox is listed as a museum when you search for it on that site.”

     

     

    shirley he/she meant………… mausoleum

  21. macjay:

     

     

    I admired a host of Margret Thatchers character traits, but I despised her and her policies, morals and ethics.

  22. Can anyone explain to me what would have motivated Laxeys to give up on their very lucrative loan deal to the zombies which included security over the Albion Car Park?

     

    I can’t work it out

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

    MEDTIM

     

     

    Maybe they asked for the deeds and Craig Whyte wisnae answering his phone?

  24. macjay1 for Neil Lennon on

    setting free the bears supports Res. 12 & Oscar Knox

     

    08:46 on

     

    28 March, 2014

     

     

    Is that coming from the same person who called Jeanette Findlay a Red under the Bed and Jack Jones a Russian Spy???

     

     

    Is that a speck in your eye or something bigger?

     

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    I`m absolutely certain I never referred to J.F. in that way.

     

     

    I`m certain I never called Jack Jones a Russian spy.I most certainly referred to informed opinion that he was in the pay of the K.G.B.

     

    From memory,the source WAS the K.G.B.

  25. macjay1 for Neil Lennon on

    kitalba

     

    09:20 on

     

    28 March, 2014

     

    macjay:

     

     

    I admired a host of Margret Thatchers character traits, but I despised her and her policies, morals and ethics.

     

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    How are you,Kit?

     

    Lovely wee win at Firhill.Shared it with wee Eddie.

     

     

    I felt the same about Arthur Scargill,except he had no morals or ethics. :-)

     

    Viz.Recent stoush with the N.U.M.

     

    Arthur`s snout still in the N.U.M. trough.

     

     

    Thatcher was for ten years the choice of the British electorate.

     

    I like British people and respect their judgement.

  26. medtim

     

     

    09:21 on 28 March, 2014

     

    Can anyone explain to me what would have motivated Laxeys to give up on their very lucrative loan deal to the zombies which included security over the Albion Car Park?

     

    I can’t work it out

     

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    Maybe it got to complicated, names associated with them might have came back to haunt the deal, Govan in Whyte and Green…

     

     

    Ayrshire is Green and White

  27. medtim

     

     

    09:21 on 28 March, 2014

     

     

    A payoff. 50 grand in hand – now.

     

     

    5% for lending for 1 month. APR is 79.6%. Laxeys are cheaper than Wonga.

  28. Need a little help, someone posted around a month ago about an author who had written three books who the recommended. He gave them great reviews the wife loves a good read and now she is updating her kindle does anyone remember I think the book was called golden something

  29. macjay:

     

     

    Then I think you agree that although you don’t like somebody and you are not a disciple of their ways… you can still admire some of their character traits; just like Jeanette most probably did with yer man.

     

     

    Yes a great win at Firhill, another Flag for the collection and another wee chapter in our history. For me the highlight of the season on the field was Liam Henderson’s goal, but I still wonder if it means anything, after all, I thought Twardzick was class (although a wee bit light).

  30. boab1888

     

     

    09:45 on 28 March, 2014

     

    Need a little help, someone posted around a month ago about an author who had written three books who the recommended. He gave them great reviews the wife loves a good read and now she is updating her kindle does anyone remember I think the book was called golden something

     

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    My gran used to call me her Golden bhoy…sorry!

     

     

    Ayrshire is Green and White

  31. Sorry Macjay, Thatcher was the choice for 10 years of the English Brits…. If I’m not mistaken.

  32. Would anybody be surprised if the reason Laxey gave up their 1mil loan is because it will be offered again any day soon?

  33. “Laxey has, pursuant to an agreement entered into today, transferred all rights and obligations in relation to the Laxey Facility to Mr George Letham including all its rights in relation to the standard security granted as security for the Laxey Facility. Mr Letham is a shareholder in the company and a lifelong Rangers fan.

     

     

    “The Laxey Facility, now transferred by Laxey to Mr George Letham, remains subject to the same terms and conditions with the exception that the premium payment has been reduced to £45,000 and remains payable in shares or cash.”

     

     

     

    Nothing anywhere saying “no cost”. What is does say is “pursuant to an agreement entered into today”. In other words:

     

     

    “Dear Mr Laxeys, we want to cancel our £1m loan and repay you because we’ve got a better offer”.

     

    “Fine, Mr Sevco, we will be happy to do that. That will be £1.05m please. If you want a loan next month then come back to us”.

  34. macjay1 for Neil Lennon on

    kitalba

     

    09:49 on

     

    28 March, 2014

     

    macjay:

     

     

    Dead right,Kit.

     

    I don`t care about anybody`s politics.I care about Celtic and I care about some of our supporters being alienated by “fringe groups”.

     

     

    Red herring:-) My reference to J.F. and Trotskyism was simply in response to the suggestion that I was concerned about “reds under the bed”

     

     

    English Brits?Might not have to bother about them for much longer.