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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