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Dangers ahead, unimaginable mess and new euphemism

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I’m still meeting people who haven’t noticed.  Hibernian are on an outstanding run of form, having won their last three games and undefeated in six.  The last reversal they had was at Celtic Park the first weekend in April.  On Sunday we’re playing the team with the best recent form in Scotland; the warning signs are painted in large green font.

They are dangerous up front, Leigh Griffiths has scored four goals more than any Celtic player, including several stunners.

The weight of the world rested on Hibs’ shoulders at last season’s Scottish Cup final, when the stage was set for a century of pain to be wiped away by defeating their greatest rivals.  It was too much.  Now they take the field unburdened and vastly more dangerous than St Mirren, Hearts or Kilmarnock were when they overcame Celtic at Hampden recently.

Odds on Hibs are very generous.

I caught some chat online last night.  “Blackmail”, “extortion”, “imprisonment”, “getting rid of the problem”, “a catastrophe of an intensity that you…. clearly do not appear to understand”, “fraudulent”, “once the genie is out it will have a life of its own”.

What an unimaginable mess.

I think “Been an admirer of your recent work” is bound to become a euphemism in years to come for when something that should never have been said or written slips out.  This is a small glimpse into how the whole thing happened.

Fantastic Q&A with Willie Wallace this morning, thanks to Willie and Winning Captains.  Willie’s recollections of our great times are irresistible.  Reading the book as it came together was a joy.  You’ll love it.

Remember you can start Cup Final weekend by meeting Willie at a book signing at Waterstons’ on Sauchiehall St, tomorrow – 25th May, 46 years on from the day – from 2pm until 4pm.  If you can’t make it you can order a signed copy below.


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  1. In the heat of Lisbon on

    Massively looking forward to Sunday…

     

    Get the team selection right Lenny!

  2. The Boy Jinky on

    Paul67

     

    “Leigh griffiths has scored 4 more goals than any celtic player, including several stunners”

     

     

    Never really looked at any of our players and thought they were stunners…. but each to their own ;)

  3. !!Bada Bing!! on

    dharma bam \o/ -DR story with Willie,Bobby Murdoch’s son in law and a friend,raised 10k doing a walk to Krakatoa.

  4. There is absolutely NO team I would be happy to see Celtic lose a SC final to!

     

     

    HH!!

  5. BOBBY MURDOCH’S CURLED-UP WINKLEPICKERS

     

     

    Cheers mate.

     

    I am down Swindon in October I think. Still sorting details. I will let you know nearer the time so I can catch you for a pint.

     

     

    LB

  6. From previous….

     

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    Dharma Bam \o/ stands up for Neil Lennon

     

     

    12:37 on 24 May, 2013

     

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    WH’s nephew(my boss) – was collecting for a sponsored charity that WH was – walking through the Jungle to promote when I said “I don’t think yer uncle Willie will be crossing too many balls in front of the Jungle these days ?”

     

     

    Taken the way it was intended – no smashing up cities / rioting etc :)

     

     

    If he read that I’d be – Off oot the door – CSC

  7. We’ve beaten far better than Hibs this season. Griffiths is a danger and they’ll be better than last season but it is all about us turning up on the day.

     

     

    We have far better players.

     

     

    No love for Hibs, had a few hairy moments over the years with their fans who seem to detest us.

  8. HenryClarson on

    We underestimate Hibs at our peril.

     

    They can score goals.

     

    On top of that, the pasting they took in the Edinburgh derby final a year ago will make them desperate not to let themselves down again.

     

    This is the toughest opposition we could have for this year’s final.

  9. Tallybhoy

     

     

    12:46 on 24 May, 2013

     

     

    ‘There is absolutely NO team I would be happy to see Celtic lose a SC final to!’

     

     

     

    But if you had to lose would you rather lose to Motherwell, Hearts, Kilmarnock etc etc or Hibs?

  10. Celtic_First on

    Paul 67

     

     

    Before you slip away to more important things, can you please just expand on this comment: “This is a small glimpse into how the whole thing happened”?

     

     

    Please say a tiny bit more about what you mean here.

  11. Paul

     

     

    I agree that we should not underestimate Hibs but think you are a tad too generous in your appraisal.

     

     

    Hibernian are on an outstanding run of form, having won their last three games and undefeated in six

     

     

    This outstanding run of form involves wins over Dundee, Kilmarnock and Hearts; draws with Aberdeen and St Mirren and an extra-time cup win over Falkirk. Reasonably good, but I won’t go as far as to say “outstanding”.

     

     

    Leigh Griffiths has scored four goals more than any Celtic player

     

     

    Not sure that is correct. Griffiths has scored 28 goals this season. Gary Hooper has scored 29.

     

     

    Mort

  12. It should be remembered Hibs’ last five league matches have all been against bottom 6 teams.

     

     

    If we play like we did last two SPL matches, we should win without too much trouble.

  13. Paul67 – I’m not trying to cause trouble but – I fear CM being played at CH.

     

    CM is best on the LM imo.

     

    I keep thinking back to – Jelly n Ice Cream Sundae when we went to ibrokes to win the SPL Title – CM at CH v’s Sone Aluko !!!

     

    John Collins was right when he said that – Only Gareth Bale has a better left foot than Leigh Griffifths.

     

    Having said all of that – Hibs 1-2 Celtic.

     

    Hail Hail

     

    The worrier – CSC

  14. 60 years ago Celtic supporters were still basking in the glory of winning the Coronation Cup.

     

     

    So remind the zombies, We won your cup!

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    They are dangerous up front, Leigh Griffiths has scored four goals more than any Celtic player, including several stunners.

     

     

    How many did he Score in Europe..?

     

     

    How many Last Minute overhead Kicks did he Score..?

     

     

    Did he Score against Barca..?

     

     

    Has he been to Moscow..?

     

     

    How many did he Score against Germany..?

     

     

    In Fact he Sounds like the Neo Chrissie Boydchencko..

     

     

    Summa

  16. Forster

     

    Lustig Wilson Mulgrew Izzy

     

    Forrest Brown Ledley Sammi

     

    Commons

     

    Hooper

     

     

    Celtic 6-3 Hibs.

     

     

    Plenty match winners for the Celts.

  17. Paul67 , not often i disagree with you but the top scorer , in all comps this year is a certain No 88 in the Hoops.

     

     

    Gary has scored 29 ( 19 league , 6 cup and 4 in Europe) against 28 for Higdon and 27 for Griffiths.

     

     

    Not sure of games played v goals but Gary is 1 away from a 30 goal season. Oh and KC is 1 away from 20 this year,

     

     

    Sanna (pedant csc)

  18. sannabhoy

     

     

    Gary has played 42 games.

     

     

    Griffiths has 28 goals from 41 games and Higdon 27 from 44 games.

     

     

    Mort

  19. Team on Sunday for me

     

     

    Forster,

     

     

    Ambrose, Wanyama, Wilson, Izzy

     

     

    Forrest, Brown, Ledley, Commons,

     

     

    Stokes, Hooper.

     

     

    Samaras can come on and murder them second half.

  20. The Token Tim on

    Roy Croppie @ 1249.

     

     

    Totally agree.

     

     

    and re their fans, if anything those i have met over the years have a major chip on their shoulders re us and the Green-and-White and have no love towards us at all!

     

     

    I hope we have a repeat of 2001!

     

     

    HAIL! HAIL!

     

    Token

  21. tommytwiststommyturns on

    Is TBJ really Philvis?!

     

    Is Kev Jungle (KJ) really Mad Mitch (MM)?!

     

    I really think we should be told….!

     

     

    Hmmmmm

     

    T4

  22. The Boy Jinky, ho, ho. We’re back on Frankie Howerd territory.

     

     

    Celtic_First, too many prepared to play monkey to the latest organ grinder.

     

     

    Mort, sannabhoy, this passes as outstanding compared to earlier form. Counting league goals only.

     

     

    KevJungle. Wise men worry.

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