Coming of Age Day at Celtic Park


Celtic Park was packed with an expectant crowd 11 years ago when Celtic took a two goal lead into the second leg of a Champions League play-off round.  Many of us felt it was to be a sort of Coming of Age.  After our long hard slog throughout the 90s we were champions and ruthlessly swept aside Ajax in the first leg.

After the full time whistle arms were aloft in celebration but only after an incredibly tense 90 minutes which saw the visitors win the game and fail to convert some decent chances.

Four years after our last entry into the Champions League this new Celtic side have a Coming of Age opportunity tonight.  Last season they showed their mettle to overcome a daunting deficit early in the season to win as comfortable champions, with or without penalties applied to opponents for employing more footballers than they could afford.

While the players may reach a new stage in their development tonight is as much about the supporters who have been part of the struggle in recent seasons.  This is your reward for all those hard times when your club paid their bills but had victory snatched away from them by others who were playing to different rules.

Bring your singing voice tonight.

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  1. Glendalystonsils likes a mr whippy with his lime green jelly on




    you obviously haven’t heard my singing voice!





    I think yer hero may have taken my advice.



    Or maybe not…

  3. The Pantaloon Duck on

    I’m nervous. I know I shouldn’t be. I should have faith in the team. But I’m nervous.

  4. Good Morning Bhoys and Ghirls.



    Have barely been on the blog for a variety of reasons over the past few weeks, one of which was this…..



    12 members of Tyneside No1CSC completed “The Tyneside Celtic Way” in early August raising funds for Macmillan Cancer Support, HCPT and The Celtic Charity Fund.



    The “TCW” comprised of the West Highland Way from Fort William to Milngavie and then from Milngavie to Paradise.



    We completed the 108 miles or so in 5 days. It was tough going but great craic too.



    I know there are many demands on the finances of those on CQN and beyond but if you are able, please give what you can.






    A huge thanks to those of you who already have.



    There will be a little more info about our challenge on these pages in the weeks to come but thank you for your time in reading my ramblings…..



    In the meantime, Good Luck to Neil and The Bhoys tonight. Let’s raise the roof! See you in Paradise!

  5. G’day Paul67 et al



    A fine rousing article to set us up for this evening, mon the Hoops!



    offski busy day…




  6. Willie Maley was his name he brought some great names to the game when he was the boss at Celtic Park



    He taught them how to play football he made the greatest of them all Gallacher and Quinn have left their mark.



    AND they gave us James McGrory and Paul McStay they gave us Johnstone, Tully, Murdoch, Auld and Hay



    And most of the football greats have passed through Parkheads gates for to play football the Glasgow Celtic Way.

  7. In fairness 11 years ago we played an Ajax team with Van Der Vaart, Chivu, Ibrahimovic, Mido etc., Helsingborgs are not nearly in that class.


    As with the first leg I’m confident of a victory, 2-1 tonight, 4-1 on agg





    No need,old bean.



    I’m above that sort of thing.



    Or below it.



    Or not capable.



    Whatever,not fast enough!



    Been there,done that,bought the postcard-and sent it to myself as a permanent reminder,haha.



    But your post was worth a reply-without you mentioning it,I and many others would have been unaware of this eejit’s views.




  9. Was writing this when Paul posted new article:



    Still at the door waiting for the off! Any win. Any win at all plus a 0 – 0 draw plus a 1 – 1 draw plus a 0 – 1 defeat plus a 1 – 2 defeat. What’s the chances of not acheiving that?

  10. ASonOfDan



    Well said that mhan!



    Brought a lump to the throat and a tear to the eye!




  11. Greeting from a remarkably sunny (and chilly) Oslo. The Norwegian CSC will bring our singing voices to our local haunt.


    Last week we outsung (and outdrank) a few miserable swedes mostly busy complaining about how cr!p both Celtic and Helsingborg were.


    let’s hope HIF is even more cr!p tonight.



    BTW: Loooong timer lurker.


    No, not a hun (then I’d call myself HunBhoy67Truth. Or something)





    Re my last post about the postard-who would be up for a CQN PODIUM t-shirt for WEE OSCAR KNOX?



    If someone was able to organise it,I would have one.



    A tongue-in-cheek dig at ourselves for a good cause?




  13. philvisreturns on

    The Singing Detective Demands The Resignation Of Campbell Ogilvie – I ran em all.



    People seem to think I’m some sort of podium-winning super-genius with great taste, superlative handsomeness, and impeccable personal hygiene, but I’m also a modest and generous person. (thumbsup)

  14. Ten Men Won The League



    Think i read somewhere yesterday that Lenny said a left sided midfielder and centre half were priorities. Could be wrong though

  15. Harifuzz



    You are obviously(?!) not a hun, because you do not have bhoy and 67 in your username!



    I am also not a hun because I only have bhoy in my moniker, but not 67!



    Anyway, welcome!



    Are you a hun?!




  16. When I make my way to my seat in Celtic park I pass a Ladbrokes stall, on my way back out I never pass it. May sound a dumb question but here goes. Are the ladbrokes stalls open to pay out on any bets after the games or do you need to pick up the winnings elsewhere?

  17. “When you pull on that jersey you’re not just playing for a football club, you’re playing for a people and a cause”


    Tommy Burns



    That’s what European nights are all about at Celtic Park, the roof will be raised and the Young Lions will respond.




    C’mon the Celts…

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