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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. Ireland was accused of refuelling German submarines… go figure. And it was all Celtic’s fault.

  2. prestonpans bhoys dam justice for the 5 on

    quick question: If you have an under 18 ST can you upgrade for a particular game if your child can not make it i.e. can the TO issue a ticket for the game at a reduced price not merely a full adult ticket for the childs seat?

  3. 67Heaven ... I am Neil Lennon, supporting WEE OSCAR..!!.. Ibrox belongs to the creditors on

    hebcelt

     

     

    10:40 on 28 March, 2014

     

     

    WONDERFUL chap……!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  4. Thanks for the replies on “why did Laxeys give up on their loan deal?”

     

    I can readily understand that they made a swift few thousand on it but remain puzzled why they would give up the security over the Albion car park.

     

    As I understand it,the car park is key to them being able to use the Club Deck and whoever owns the car park is in a very strong bargaining position.

     

    Maybe they know it’s coming round again?

  5. Kilbowie Kelt will vote YES on

    kitalba

     

     

    10:14 on 28 March, 2014

     

     

    macjay:

     

     

    I think Jeanette cares about our club just as much as you or I, or anybody else.

     

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    Having listened to & observed Jeanette Findlay over a lot of years, I feel comfortable in saying that she cares FAR MORE about Celtic than virtually any person on this site or elsewhere.

  6. 67Heaven ... I am Neil Lennon, supporting WEE OSCAR..!!.. Ibrox belongs to the creditors on

    prestonpans bhoys dam justice for the 5

     

     

    11:46 on 28 March, 2014

     

     

    Yes…sir…!!!!

  7. minx1888 praying for Wee Oscar on

    prestonpans bhoys dam justice for the 5

     

    11:46 on

     

    28 March, 2014

     

    quick question: If you have an under 18 ST can you upgrade for a particular game if your child can not make it i.e. can the TO issue a ticket for the game at a reduced price not merely a full adult ticket for the childs seat?

     

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    I upgraded my sons for the champions league games for a friend but not only was I charged full price they charged me non season ticket price!

  8. prestonpans bhoys dam justice for the 5 on

    Thanks guys, means my brother’s wife is going, cheaper than spending 2 hours in the shops……..

  9. kitalba,

     

    aye,never underestimate the genius of the Irish.

     

    They managed to refuel U-Boats with the special diesel fuel they used when having none of it themselves are were reliant on England to supply them with fuel.

     

    Never let the facts get in the way of a good (racist) story

  10. If you need to stop and throw stones at every single rabid dug that barks at you ye won’t get very far.

  11. Kilbowie Kelt:

     

     

    I don’t know about the “FAR MORE” bit? That really is like trying to measure an invisible string. Least be said her affections are shared.

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

    hun skelper

     

     

    11:04 on 28 March, 2014

     

     

    Had a wee peak at a Huns forum ( I know but there funny) and a hun suggests playing friendly matches at ibrokes against big teams to make money which is fine but then another clever hun agrees and suggests playing Newcastle AWAY because it’s a good night out hahahahahahaha no wonder these mugs are in the state there in.

     

    Mad stupid zombies HH

     

     

    >>>>>>>>>>>

     

     

    Hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha ……BRILLIANT…….!!!!!!!!

  13. Shieldmuir Celtic on

    Surprise! Surprise! S.F.A. nominate Ogilvie for F.I.F.A. Vice-President. What a corrupt lot they are. Can anyone on here confirm that Ogilvie offered his resignation to S.F.A. and it was rejected?

  14. Minx,

     

     

    If your mate is not a st holder then fair enough. If he is then bad crack.

     

     

    Prestonpans,

     

     

    I paid 8 quid but it was a while back. 10ish years. I think the club only allow it twice a season but it’s one rule I think they’d have no problem breaking.

  15. medtim:

     

     

    Please mate now you really are being thick, don’t you know the Germans used to drive their U-Boats up the main street of Ballybunion and when they were getting topped up with fuel the crew were getting topped up with grog in the Railway Bar.

  16. Medtim

     

     

    There’s probably another line of BS out there about the devious jerries converting their U-boats to run on Guinness!!!

     

     

    HH jamesgang

  17. And Geordie,

     

     

    don’t forget, the daft part about it… we never had any lights to leave on.

  18. Kilbowie Kelt will vote YES on

    Kitalba,

     

     

    I deliberately chose the words FAR MORE.

     

    I am happy to repeat them.

     

    I get angry when I hear the motives of somebody like Jeanette, who has selflessly given so much to our club, being questioned & denigrated.

     

    I am only giving the opinion of one thick, old Celtic supporter for what it is worth.

     

    It is all any of us has.

     

     

    Good luck.

  19. 67Heaven ... I am Neil Lennon, supporting WEE OSCAR..!!.. Ibrox belongs to the creditors on

    minx1888 praying for wee oscar

     

     

    11:52 on 28 March, 2014

     

     

    Was it something you said..hahahahahahaha..CL games are a different ‘kettle of fish’

  20. Lads, CQN Saturday naps on here please !!!

     

     

    I will mostly be enjoying Meydan tomorrow, experiencing the joys of the Dubai World Cup, so happy punting for the rest of ye’… :o)

     

     

    I’ve successfully napped the winner of the Dubai Duty Free for the last two years – Sajjhaa & Cityscape… so I’ll stick with what I know :

     

     

    My nap is Vercingetorix

     

     

    Gooooooood luckkkkkk, fleagle1888

  21. CQN Saturday Naps Competition : Week 31/15th March & Week 32/22nd March results & standings

     

     

    Week 31 winners :

     

    PF Ayr (Lost Legend @9/1) and tommytwiststommyturns (Goulanes @13/2)

     

     

    Week 32 winners :

     

    fleagle1888 (Bellorophon @9/2) and green T (Kilgefin Star @11/8)

     

     

    +£20.60 PF Ayr (11)

     

    +£17.00 Rockon Neil Lennon (8)

     

    +£13.50 valentinesday (8)

     

    +£ 7.50 tommytwiststommyturns (3)

     

    +£ 2.50 leftclicktic (6)

     

    +£ 1.88 Som mes que un club (5)

     

    -£ 1.00 Bada Bing (4)

     

    -£ 4.50 Cathal (4)

     

    -£ 5.25 green T (6)

     

    -£ 6.63 BMCUWP (6)

     

    -£ 8.00 BULL67 (4)

     

    -£ 8.00 fleagle1888 (4)

     

    -£11.00 El Madrigal (3)

     

    -£11.70 unionbearBhind (3)

     

    -£13.75 16 roads (3)

     

    -£14.50 What is the Stars (2)

     

    -£14.75 Kilbowie Kelt (4)

     

    -£18.50 twists n turns (2)

     

    -£19.80 voguepunter (2)

     

    -£22.25 Che (2)

     

    -£24.20 Sponsored by Cheetah (2)

     

    -£24.75 MHARK67 (2)

     

    -£26.94 Burgas Hoops (2)

     

     

    *No selections (wk 31) : Bada Bing, Burgas Hoops, Che, voguepunter, What is the Stars

     

    *No selections (wk 32) : Burgas Hoops, Che, MHARK67, Sponsored by Cheetah, What is the Stars

     

    *Non-Runners : (wk32) : twists n turns

     

     

    Cheers, fleagle1888

  22. Massena 1.55 strat.

     

     

    Hope some of you got on WITS tip yesterday.

     

    Stoated at 20s…!

     

     

    Good luck.

  23. Another 2nd last week, punted off the boards too. Going for SWEET LIGHTNING in the Lincoln, (Doncaster 3:50)

     

     

    Good luck guys.

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

    SHOWBOATING 315 Doncaster

  25. valentinesday on

    Vital Evidence 2:55 Kempton.

     

     

    Missed WITS tip, probably just as well,with the run

     

    I’m on, my money would have got the beast beat.