Commons, Hartson and some real Celtic heroes


Had a great time at the Celtic Supporters Association Rally last night.  It was a great celebration of all that is good about our club, with thousands of pounds raised for the John Hartson Foundation.  Neil Lennon spoke warmly of John, about his courage and ability.  As well as recognising the great achievements of this season, CSA Player of the Year, Kris Commons, could not hide his disappointment that we are not going for a treble next week.  Hibs will have their hands full with him at Hampden next week.

I’ve never heard a footballer talk as John Hartson did.  He was clearly emotional as he took the microphone from the manager but soon go into his flow.  He told us about the three hours spent in the car before telling his family the diagnosis of his illness.  His achievements as a footballer are remarkable and John is very proud of them.  His absence through injury in Seville clearly hurt.  Did it pass a crucial advantage to Porto?  John thinks so.

His own failings were put out there with the disarming confidence that only someone who has climbed a few personal mountains can do.  The ‘hangers-on’, who filled his days a few years ago, had their cards marked.

Reamonn Gormley’s parents, Jim and Ann, were also guests of the Association.  Jim asked me to pass on a thank you from him and Ann to all Celtic fans for what they have done for them and the Thai Tims in the last two years.  Their world will never be the same again but the support they have received from the Celtic Family has overwhelmed them.  Your community has done very well, but there is nothing new in that.

With supporters like we have our club is in good hands.   Well done to all who carry out the thankless tasks running busses, organising fundraisers and keeping the moral compass pointing in the right direction.

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  1. 67Heaven ... I am Neil Lennon..!!.. Ibrox belongs to the creditors on

    pabloh_aka_neil lennon



    12:57 on 18 May, 2013



    Oh yee of little faith……liquidation 2 coming up…

  2. charles kickham on

    Charlotte Fakeovers ‏@CharlotteFakes 1m



    Pinsent Mason deadline expired yesterday without a formal response from Whyte and others. Full and explosive QC’d LBC in 5-10 days instead.

  3. ArranmoreBhoyLXV11 on




    IN many other walks of life, the media would be all over the recordings..



    The deflections will be amusing…






    Celtic at the double

  4. P67



    I don’t think there’s any doubt that BBJ’s absence assisted Porto



    Unless I’m havering( which is very possible) I’m sure Porto/Mourinho suggested as much

  5. swatson Neil Lennon's 6ft skinny twin! on

    Might be a stupid question but what does “Full and explosive QC’d LBC in 5-10 days instead” mean?

  6. Dam. Didn’t notice comments showed zero till after I read the article. Good article .

  7. WeefratheTim on

    Good afternoon CQN



    Just switched on and BOOM new article posted. Honestly Paul67, your timing is impeccable. Ha.



    Weefra HH

  8. Well said Paul. More than a Club.



    Excited already about seeing us win the double next weekend.

  9. midfield maestro on

    You’re right John, i also think your absence helped Porto.



    Mr Ogilvie, when are we going to hear from you? Come out, come out, wherever you are…

  10. 19LisbonBhoy67 on

    Reamonn Gormley’s parents should be so proud of the legacy that their son has left. A fine young man who had everything to live for. May God Bless him and keep him safe..

  11. Snake Plissken on

    Have you seen Hibs have a victory parade planned for next weekend?



    Some guy on the Scotsman message boards has written :



    Hibs cup final parade planned for Monday 27th May 2543.



    When the Starship Enterprise will hover over Leith






    I don’t think Celtic are quite so presumptuous but the Star Trek reference made me laugh.

  12. Is our match at tannidice on any tv channels tomorrow, Alba? Anything?




  13. See wee Lennies bit on the demise of the 2nd and. 3rd biggest teams in Scotland..


    ………I’m not for all this superiority nonsense……….but this time GIRFUY#2 n #3 .HH

  14. tommytwiststommyturns on

    Great night as ever, Paul. Your old man was in fine form!



    Many thanks to excellent CQNer Stephen Black for sorting the tickets and CRC for the logistics.






  15. Hello. Going to be walking the whw in mid June. Any advice as to essential climbs, pubs (Drover’s?) gear etc…. Not camping but just want to make the most of it. Thanks in advance.



    Oh and the huns are dead!

  16. Cup victories for the underdogs recently has me concerned. Wigan, Athletic even Chelsea (well Benfica were the better team IMO)



    We’ve been partial to being on the receiving end of such results in cup finals too often in our last outings at Hampben.



    Must be time to redress the equilibrium next week.

  17. First of all…


    Praise to all those,who, in their ” own small way”, keep the Celtic family traditions going…


    Much respect…


    As for BBJ….sorely missed against Porto…IMO…but we’ll never truly know.




    If those people paid as “journalists” by a sycophantic Scotttish Press….paid as much attention to the murky/shady/ rotten dealings involving the Govan Club…as they did to writing about “leadership needed”…and “fans backing needed”….


    Then maybe…just maybe….they’d deserve some of the dosh they earn.

  18. HT in Warsaw, Legia v Lech Poznan, 0-0. A few Celtic jerseys in the crowd. Sunny day too.

  19. Big bad John the lean mean goal scoring machine


    Dodgy knees aye right the best medical he ever failed


    Bold brave beast of a bhoy !


    Hail hail John Hartson

  20. swatson Neil Lennon's 6ft skinny twin! on




    13:25 on 18 May, 2013




  21. Jobo


    I was positive!


    Unfortunately I was also totally wrong.


    Apologies folks.


    Cyber riddy.

  22. Tttt. Thanks. Will try to track him down. Going with three who have never set foot in Scotland.




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