Declare the 9

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I remember 1997 when another nine-in-a-row was about to be won.  We knew it was coming, we knew it would be difficult and we needed to get through the period.  I avoided all news coverage and football chat for over 24 hours that May, only to find out later that Motherwell’s Owen Coyle upset plans and the title had yet to be won.  I just wanted it over with, the delay was not helpful.

We are in the same situation now, there is not the remotest doubt the Premiership will be called and Celtic will be declared champions.  No one’s interest is served by further postponing the inevitable; it would only leave the SPFL in the spotlight longer than necessary.

Only box ticking exercises remain and today’s meeting between Premiership clubs and the SPFL should be the last.  Scottish football has more important things to worry about, it is in significant peril and needs to move energies on immediately.  Declare the 9.

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  1. the 84 cup final

     

     

    things i forgot

     

     

    roy sending off was 1st half, one of worst decisions ever against us.

     

    mcghee fouled danny for the 1st goal.

     

    mcstay goal wonderful

     

    10 man celtic should have won in 2nd half.

     

    burns was excellent

     

    the winning gola, wtf was bonnar doing

  2. Little memory of Bonner in celtic goal. best keeper between boruc and foster.

     

     

    Hard to separate then boruc more of a personality and for 2 seasons was simply irrisistable foster has been more consistent over a longer period.

     

     

    See the sevco tainted title crew dont understand the team, something is not tainted simply because you dont like the outcome. Its tainted when one cheats and wins. the spfl premier league was ended in line with the rules, earlier tha plans cause of a pamdemic but within the rules and with many other leagues following suite across the world. there was no tax evasion no side letters, no non -registered player contracts.

     

     

    Or in other words hahahahahahahaha!!!!!!!

     

     

    HH

  3. prestonpans bhoys on

    Glasgow bhoy

     

     

    Yip won 2:0 was well wasted at that one, police probably let me on the train back to Edinburgh so I was someone else’s problem😵😱

  4. !!Bada Bing!! on

    Had to hold a pal back from Bonner in Cologne airport, we ended up in a private lounge on the way home.We were chatting with Bonner, Grant and Nicholas, my mate asked Bonner if we could pull back the 2 goals at CP,’ don’t ask me,I won’t be playing…’ said Bonner, Marshall had taken his place at the time…….my mate wasn’t very impressed by his answer…..

  5. Prestonpans Bhoys, I wasn’t wasted but had a bit of a mare that day! Wind was in my face, p1shing down, I wear glasses and literally couldn’t see anything. Left after about 65 minutes, just no point in me being there any longer. And I’d missed my own bus going through, jumped another to get there so when I left I spent ages getting soaked and trying to find my own bus to get home. The Tranent bus btw.

  6. The record holders

     

    34: Willie Maley (19 League, 15 Scottish Cup);

     

     

    31: Billy McNeill (1 European Cup, 13 League, 10 Scottish Cup, 7 League Cup);

     

     

     

    27: Jock Stein (1 European Cup, 11 League, 9 Scottish Cup, 6 League Cup);

     

     

    25: Bobby Lennox (1 European Cup, 11 League, 8 Scottish Cup, 5 League Cup);

     

     

    19: Jimmy Johnstone (1 European Cup, 9 League, 4 Scottish Cup, 5 League Cup);

     

     

    18 equal: Scott Brown (9 League, 4 Scottish Cup, 5 League Cup); Bobby Murdoch (1 European Cup, 8 League, 4 Scottish Cup, 5 League Cup); Alec McNair (12 League, 6 Scottish Cup); Jimmy McMenemy (11 League, 7 Scottish Cup);

     

     

    17: Neil Lennon (9 League, 6 Scottish Cup, 2 League Cup);

     

     

    16: James Forrest (8 League, 4 Scottish Cup, 4 League Cup).

  7. Saint Stivs – so tomorrow (if the rumours are true) Scott will join Jimmy on 19 and Neil and James will also add 1 to their tally.

     

    Not sure that anyone will ever disturb the top 4 places.

  8. Top 10, APPEARANCES/GOALS

     

     

    Billy McNeill Scotland DF 1957–1975 790 34

     

     

    Paul McStay Scotland MF 1981–1997 678 72

     

     

    Roy Aitken Scotland DF/MF 1976–1990 672 48

     

     

    Danny McGrain Scotland DF 1970–1987 663 7

     

     

    Packie Bonner Ireland GK 1978–1997 642 0

     

     

    Alec McNair Scotland DF 1904–1925 641 8

     

     

    Bobby Lennox Scotland FW 1961–1978 1979–1980 587 273

     

     

    Scott Brown* Scotland MF 2007– 575 45

     

     

    Bobby Evans Scotland MF 1944–1960 535 10

     

     

    Jimmy McMenemy Scotland FW 1902–1920 516 169

     

     

    Jimmy Johnstone Scotland FW 1962–1975 515 130

     

     

    Tommy Burns Scotland MF 1975–1989 501 83

  9. JOBO BALDIE on 17TH MAY 2020 6:15 PM

     

     

    Not sure that anyone will ever disturb the top 4 places.

     

     

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    Broony will when he takes over as manager from Neil (having played till he is 40).

     

     

    And James will, cos he will play for another 10 seasons.

  10. prestonpans bhoys on

    Glasgow bhoy

     

     

    I was living in Watson Crescent in Edinburgh at the time, went for a drink at diggers with my top on, was refused of course. Tranent bhoys are brilliant we have a few of them on the Pans bus. God knows when we run our bus again😢😢

  11. Prestonpans Bhoys, yeah who knows! Used to be a diggers fan too,but briefly, some pint!

  12. I would like to see us help out Scottish football in these difficult times.

     

    Indeed it appears that the league and scottish cup are both without a commercial sponsor for next season.

     

    That must be a huge headache for the custodians of our game.

     

     

    We are raking in it by scottish standards.

     

    We should sponsor the league and cup next season.

     

    Imagine it folks……..The Celtic F.C Scottish Premier League???………..worth every penny.!!!!!!pmsl

     

    or if our ugly neighbours complain perhaps we could take the club’s name out of it..

     

    The Peter Lalwell Scottish Premier League ?……..

  13. STEPHBHOY67 on 17TH MAY 2020 5:32 PM

     

     

    See the sevco tainted title crew dont understand the team, something is not tainted simply because you dont like the outcome. Its tainted when one cheats and wins. the spfl premier league was ended in line with the rules, earlier tha plans cause of a pamdemic but within the rules and with many other leagues following suite across the world. there was no tax evasion no side letters, no non -registered player contracts.

     

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    I foolishly get annoyed (stupid I know) when I hear that term used. What the huns (fans and msm alike) mean to say, is that it’s somehow unmerited. A lack of intellect means they use the word tainted. As you suggest, that would be more appropriate if used for titles won with I illegally registered players. Don’t argue with a moron, you’ll never win.

  14. Paul67 et al

     

     

    The SMSM have always liked to refer to the ‘Old Firm’, understandable given that that is what we were part of for over a century. Even now, eight years into their liquidation, we will pull out the stops to keep it going, from accepting 750 tickets to Ayebrokes to putting thousands of our supporters at risk to enable access for 800 RIFC fans to the “spectacle”.

     

    That said recent statements from Wyness was it ex of Aberdeen, and Castore hint that far from being two clubs in the Firm, there are in fact only one……eg from the Herald;

     

    “The story of Castore the Sportwear Company…..

     

    which has announced a multi-year kit with the Old Firm football club”

     

    Expect more of this going forward.

  15. prestonpans bhoys on

    This Bayern v Berlin game is like us against Hamilton, any excuse I suppose for football

  16. The 100 goals club.

     

     

    GK Goalkeeper DF Defender MF Midfielder FW Forward

     

    Sketch portrait of James Kelly, Celtic’s first captain

     

    James Kelly played in Celtic’s inaugural match against Rangers in 1888 and was the club’s first captain. He later served as a director and then as Chairman.

     

    Photo of Jimmy Quinn who played for Celtic from 1900-1915

     

    Jimmy Quinn scored a hat trick in Celtic’s win over Rangers in the 1904 Scottish Cup Final, and went on to become one of the club’s most prolific goalscorers.

     

     

    John Thomson played over 200 games for Celtic prior to his death at 22 years old following an on-field head injury

     

    Photograph of Roy Aitken from 1982

     

    Roy Aitken made 672 appearances for Celtic in major competitions during his 14 years at Celtic Park. He also captained the club to a league and cup double in their centenary year of 1988.

     

    Photo of Scott Brown playing for Celtic in 2009, wearing “bumblebee” away top

     

    Scott Brown has made over 550 appearances for Celtic and is the current captain of the team.

     

    Photo of Henrik Larsson at the Swedish Sports Gala at the Ericsson Globe in Stockholm (January 2014)

     

    Henrik Larsson has more appearances for Celtic than any other overseas player. He is also the club’s third highest goalscorer of all time.

     

    Photo of Jimmy McGrory playing for Celtic

     

    Jimmy McGrory is the record goalscorer in British football, with a total of 550 goals in competitive first class matches.

     

    Picture of Celtic defender Alec McNair that appeared in the Glasgow Observer, 1910

     

    Alec McNair has made the most appearances for Celtic in the Scottish League, playing in 583 league games. He is also the oldest player to have ever played for the club, playing against Queens Park in 1925 at the age of 41.

     

    Photo of Jimmy Johnstone travelling with Celtic to Amsterdam for their European Cup tie against Ajax in March 1971

     

    Jimmy Johnstone was voted by Celtic supporters in 2002 as the club’s greatest ever player.

     

    Photo of Stiliyan Petrov

     

    In 2001, Stiliyan Petrov became the first foreign winner of the SPFA Young Player of the Year award.

     

     

    .Appearances correct as of match played 7 March 2020

     

     

     

    James McGrory Scotland FW 1922–1937 445 472

     

    Bobby Lennox Scotland FW 1961– 587 273

     

    Henrik Larsson Sweden FW 1997–2004 315 242

     

    Stevie Chalmers Scotland FW 1958–1971 405 231

     

    Jimmy Quinn Scotland FW 1900–1917 332 217

     

    Patsy Gallacher Ireland Ireland FW 1911–1925 464 195

     

    John Hughes Scotland FW 1960–1971 416 189

     

    Sandy McMahon Scotland FW 1891–1903 217 171

     

    Jimmy McMenemy Scotland FW 1902–1920 516 169

     

    Kenny Dalglish Scotland FW 1969–1977 322 167

     

    Adam McLean Scotland FW 1917–1928 408 138

     

    Willie Wallace Scotland FW 1966–1971 234 135

     

    Dixie Deans Scotland FW 1971–1976 184 132

     

    Jimmy Johnstone Scotland FW 1962–1975 515 130 [note 10][25]

     

    Tommy McInally Scotland FW 1919–1922

     

    1925–1928 213 127

     

    Jimmy McColl Scotland FW 1912–1924 169 126

     

    Charlie Nicholas Scotland FW 1979–1983

     

    1990–1995 250 125

     

    John Campbell Scotland FW 1890–1903 221 123

     

    Harry Hood Scotland FW 1968–1976 312 123

     

    Brian McClair Scotland FW 1983–1987 198 122

     

    Bobby Collins Scotland MF 1949–1958 320 120

     

    Leigh Griffiths* Scotland FW 2014– 233 115

     

    Frank McGarvey Scotland FW 1980–1985 245 113

     

    John Hartson Wales FW 2001–2006 201 110

     

    Neil Mochan Scotland FW 1953–1960 268 107

     

    Joe Cassidy Scotland FW 1912–1924 203 105

     

    John Divers Scotland FW 1957–1966 232 103

     

    Bobby Murdoch Scotland MF 1959–1973 485 102

  17. I wonder which CQNer has been to the most Celtic games?

     

     

    It won’t be me but am going to search my memory and come up with my total by tomorrow night.

     

     

    Look forward to the rest of you having a go.

  18. The Onlooker on

    One of my memories about Packy Bonner was that we used to comment on how regularly he carried out the following feat.

     

     

    In first half when taking a goal kick from the Celtic end he would often slice, at least once per game, into the stand ( around the dugout)

     

     

    In the second half playing toward the Celtic end, he would hook at least one goal kick into the stand ( again around the dugout).

     

     

    Never into the Jungle

     

     

    We joked that he was afraid that the board would fine him, if he put one into the jungle….as they might not get it back.

     

     

     

    Back in the 80’s Hugh McIlvaney once started an Observer two pager about Celtic…

     

     

    “It’s hot, it’s noisy, it’s dark , it’s Green.

     

     

    They call it the JUNGLE ”

     

     

    Loved that line.

     

     

    Jungle days.

     

    Happy days.

     

     

    The Onlooker

  19. Thats so I can count the game against Clydebank at Kilbowie Stadium when a couple of Brazilians appeared in the hoops.

  20. prestonpans bhoys on

    Ron

     

     

    I remember in the 70’s at Clydebank we played the first half then the game was stopped due to frost, should never had gone ahead in the first place. Your arse was frozen to those wooden benches😈

  21. PRESTONPANS BHOY

     

     

    Clydebank FC claimed to have the first all-seater stadium in UK !

  22. Back to Basics - Glass Half Full on

    Ah poor Packie.

     

     

    Concentration and coordination.

     

     

    His failing with his hands and feet as a player.

     

     

    Likewise with his mouth as a pundit.

     

     

    Infuriatingly inconsistent.

     

     

    To be fair though – during the centenary season he was exceptional.

     

     

    Virtually no mistakes and a few miraculous “oh no, that’s goin in” saves.

  23. Rock Tree Bhoy on

    LAZYDYNAMITE on 17TH MAY 2020 6:30 PM

     

     

    I would like to see us help out Scottish football in these difficult times.

     

     

    Indeed it appears that the league and scottish cup are both without a commercial sponsor for next season.

     

     

    That must be a huge headache for the custodians of our game.

     

     

     

    We are raking in it by scottish standards.

     

     

    We should sponsor the league and cup next season.

     

     

    Imagine it folks……..The Celtic F.C Scottish Premier League???………..worth every penny.!!!!!!pmsl

     

     

    or if our ugly neighbours complain perhaps we could take the club’s name out of it..

     

     

    The Peter Lawwell Scottish Premier League!

     

     

    ______________________________________________–

     

     

    I second this grand idea!

  24. Rock Tree Bhoy on

    Packie always seemed to be making a great save only to palm it out on to the feet of the incoming attacker,

     

    Rab Douglas was the exact same, it was painful at times watching them.

  25. glendalystonsils on

    Packy was prone to mistakes . I seem to remember him getting sent off (?) for handling outside his box . Top keepers know where their lines are and when it’s safer to kick or even head clear rather than risk handling.

  26. We have suffered from some calamitous goalkeeping. When I first went to games at Parkhead and the team was announced a groan went up if John Fallon was the goalie.