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Cruyff silenced in 82 after dismissive comment

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When tickets went on sale for Saturday’s game against Kilmarnock the hope of many was that this would be the game 8-in-a-row would be tied up.  What could have been a party will instead be a day we gather to respect the memory of our greatest ever captain.

Many, especially the older generation, will just want to be at Celtic Park on Saturday, to sit among friends and recall times of joy and angst.

Memories of Vojvodina, Cruyff – three times, 10 men, standing nose-to-nose with a referee on the touchline.  Of the utter joy that was the Centenary Season, the glory and celebrations of a lifetime at the top of the game.  Other fields bestowed greater prizes on Billy, but Celtic Park was home.  I’m glad we will gather there this weekend.

I loved Cruyff, but he had an edge to him.  He twice got the better of Billy in the early 70s, those encounters leaving an aftertaste that lasted until the 1982 European Cup meeting between Celtic and Ajax, when Billy was manager and Johan back as a player at Ajax.  After a first leg draw at Celtic Park Johan made a dismissive comment that loosely translated as ‘getting the better of McNeill as a manager, as well as a player’.  The Dutchman was silenced in Amsterdam two weeks later.

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  1. Dammit Jobo I was saving that for jist before we scored….goal….Harper makes it 1-2….;-)))))))

  2. I only watched twenty minutes ( I am not a fan of Televised football) and was not very impressed.Both goals were well struck but there was no discenible organisation in out defence.Indeed, I struggled to see any pattern in our play. Stephen Mcmanus did not make much of an impression either.He seemed like a character playing the old style shout and point kind of manager.

     

    Overall, I found myself strangely unenthused considering the opposition.

     

    JJ

  3. Timing is everything :-)) As far as I was aware, It was 0-2 when I started typing that post !!

     

     

    JJ

  4. Jj…gotta agree…to a degree….but these are young bhoys in a pressure game…Oko-Flex showing he has a languid style not dissimilar to Rogic

  5. Jobo and Celtic mac

     

     

    Totally agree re ‘retiring the jersey’ gives players ambition to pull on that iconic number 5 jersey… Anyone even half good enough to wear it would do for me as a summer signing.

     

     

    Hail Hail ??

  6. Wow…great save from McPake by Hughes…keeps it 2-2..why the eff are there no replays

  7. Sevco number 11 and, to a lesser extent number 9 both look pretty decent and probably in the running for boy of the match. But wee Karamoko starting to influence proceedings. ;-)

  8. Sevco from fk into box…headed goal Sideshow Bob…2-3 ffs…not only do we not practice taking free kicks…we dont practice defending thum…3 set plays 3 goals against…penalty Sevco jnrs…saved Hughes