Fill your boots at Month of Lions


I never met Jimmy McGrory, who died an elderly man when I was 15.  I don’t if he was around Celtic Park much in the years immediately beforehand, but I never even saw him.  We have many genuine greats but he is one of a handful of those who could put a claim on being our greatest ever.

I was fortunate enough to meet Jinky several times and have yet to meet Kenny Dalglish or Henrik but the Tier-1 Celtic great I’ve met most is Billy McNeill.  Billy’s achievements as a player are legendary, his managerial achievements were none too shabby either, but the way he has represented himself, his family and our clu,b for over half a century, is incredible  He must have shared thoughts and memories with well over 100,000 Celtic fans on a one-to-one basis.

Like many of the Lions, and unlike to many less decorated heroes, they never make you feel like you are imposing on them when you’re soaking up the rays of history which flow from them.

The renovations outside Celtic Park are nearing completion and the area will be opened by Billy at 13:00 this Saturday, before the Aberdeen game.  While the façade of the stadium has changed greatly since Billy first stood out front as a fan, the school, car park and Kerrydale Street changed only by aging gradually, and the occasional resurfacing.

This renovation will change the way future Celtic fans view the ground in the decades ahead.  As a club, we are privileged to have someone of the calibre of Billy McNeill there to celebrate our present and future.

Get along early to support him – and bring a camera.

We are holding a Four Lions CQN Night at the Greenock Celtic Supporters’ Club on Friday 6 June.  Willie Wallace is back from Australia for the Lisbon final so we’ve nabbed him for a night, to join Bertie Auld, John Hughes and the one and only Tommy Gemmell.  Tickets are genuinely scarce after a lot of local update, if you want to be there, this will be your first and last day to respond…..

The 70th Anniversary Supporters Association Dinner is THIS Friday at the Kerrydale Suite.  Dinner, music (step away from the mic. Anthony) and entertainment among hundreds of friends.  Tickets cost a mere £30.  With the event being on Friday, and Fridays being synonimous with statements these days, I wonder if we’ll have another jelly and ice cream sweet. What a memorable CSA Rally that would be. See you there.

If you would like to attend either event, email me, celticquicknews@gmail.com

FYI, with the Big Cup final returning to Lisbon this month, CQN will be wallowing in unapologetic nostalgia for the next 31 days and beyond.  We forget how lucky we are sometimes.  Billy, Willie, John, Bertie and Big Tam, celebrate the way only Celtic fans can. Fill your boots.

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  1. from talk on last article



    celtic fans have had few successful campaigns online in recent years, most recent being getting roll of honour into the charts.



    I would love to see all the celtic internet sites come together and start big campaign to stop everyone buying the record etc and use celtic media.



    Be nice if the club got involved aswel .. dunno if they would be bothered thou.

  2. Hamiltontim is praying for Oscar on




    Please read the first two words of my post to JFH.

  3. LiviBhoy - God bless wee Oscar on

    From previous article






    I think if we can get an experienced front man in then we should do it. Injuries will play a part next season as they always do and I doubt Watt will be back at Celtic Park. I certainly doubt he will be near the first team. I hope I am wrong because the Bhoy is a player. You are proposing going into a new season with 2 main strikers and two kids as back up with a project player who has played about 2 full games all season? You really think that is enough for an assault on domestic and European football?


    If Samaras doesn’t stay we need a player of similar experience and standing. I think the players you have mentioned have less than 3 goals in Europe between them.


    Pukki could come into the reckoning but I suspect he will be used in the same position as Commons or in a wing position.


    An experienced striker with European experience would be a welcome addition and if he is available for free then even better. I don’t know a lot about Janko but his stats look impressive.


    I’m sure Neil Lennon will want to get a striker in who is used to playing on the big stage and has the experience to help our young team.




  4. We should just ignore non stories of Irish players singing in an Irish bar in the same way that the SMSM ignores the many offensive and openly sectarian orange marches.

  5. hamiltontim is praying for oscar



    12:11 on 1 May, 2014





    Please read the first two words of my post to JFH.





    I did, and I read the add ons.

  6. GourockEmeraldBhoy on

    Off to Haggs Castle the morrow for a freebie 18 holes, Paradise on Sat to watch the Hoops. And only £10 for a case of Cider in Morrisons..



    Long weekends looking great already.




  7. 67Heaven ... I am Neil Lennon, supporting WEE OSCAR..!!.. Ibrox belongs to the creditors on

    livibhoy – god bless wee oscar



    10:49 on 1 May, 2014



    An Irishman has a different perspective on Irish history / commemoration of Independence than a bigoted wee newspaper..?

  8. LiviBhoy - God bless wee Oscar on

    67Heaven … I am Neil Lennon, supporting WEE OSCAR..!!.. Ibrox belongs to the creditors



    Correct. I don’t think I said otherwise. I was asked about what PL would make of it and said the board would have no problems.




  9. Hamiltontim is praying for Oscar on




    Can you tell me where I’ve ‘ripped up’ JFH’s post and then tell what is wrong with what I ‘added on’?



    Thank you.

  10. Livibhoy



    We don’t have a willingness to spend big money on an experienced striker, or footballer, for that matter.



    That is what we need to do for next season.



    There will be dozens, if not hundreds, of “experienced” strikers available for free in the next transfer window.



    Don’t know much about Janko and had never heard of him until recently.



    But at 30 and available for free rings alarm bells with me.

  11. Too true Paul67 – t’was privileged to meet the great Man briefly once many years ago @ Parkhead. He most certainly is a Celtic great and a great Ambassador for our Club.



    The German Clubs make great play by their Legends as does Man United, something I really think we’ve never done so well.



    So it’s great that Cesar will open the new phase.



    Hail Hail

  12. Richie #TeamOscar on

    Had a great night oot in the Granite City with Ulcry, DBBIA, Stevo, and Lambo’s Front Teeth. Cultsbhoy, who arranged it, couldn’t make it due to a foot injury!



    A few beers, an excellent ruby and the craic was good. What’s not to like!



    A few shared memories from those who had met him, and a wee dram to toast Pablophanque rounded off the evening.

  13. hamiltontim is praying for oscar



    12:17 on 1 May, 2014





    Can you tell me where I’ve ‘ripped up’ JFH’s post and then tell what is wrong with what I ‘added on’?



    Thank you






    Ehhhhhhhhhhhh, if you can’t see it pointless me showing you it, I know where this is going, not happening, .

  14. Joe Filippis Haircut on

    Livihhoy. You make a good point about the available strikers for next season but imo we already have the player at Celtic Park to help the younger strikers and he is at his best in European games that player imo is Sammi.He is younger than Janko and we know what we have with him.I think we should do our best to convince him to see out his career with the hoops.Janko is not the answer. H.H.

  15. LiviBhoy - God bless wee Oscar on




    Lots of reasons why players are available for free. I’m not saying that Janko is the man we would want but it’s an option we should look at.


    We are losing a proven European player who scores goals and plays international football. I think if we can we should replace him. If Stokes or Griffiths go off form or get injured do you think the others mentioned will get the goals we need in Europe?


    I’m not convinced. Some of them played and couldn’t score against Morton.




  16. LiviBhoy - God bless wee Oscar on

    Joe Filippis Haircut



    I’m not sure Samaras will stay now. Only the people at the club know that for sure. Know not much of Janko myself but we should be looking for someone with experience if they are in our price range.




  17. Is this the ole serendipity? Been out visiting my ole Dad and he was waxing lyrical (as he is prone to do) about Lisbon and what a wonderful time he had on THAT day and the wonderful times he had watching Celtic over many many years. (I added that Seville was wonderful too, although I can’t compare both.) He then went on to say that, while the Portugese were lovely and helped make it the occasion it was, the Italians weren’t interested, when we played in Milan, although it was a great honour to play in 2 European Cup Finals. Now, I come in to read the new article and what I do read: Paul67 waxing lyrical about those self same heroes. By the way, my auld Dad, having watched every Celtic team since about 1930 reckons that wee Bertie and Bobby Murdoch are probably the 2 best he has had the privilege to watch.

  18. 67Heaven ... I am Neil Lennon, supporting WEE OSCAR..!!.. Ibrox belongs to the creditors on

    livibhoy – god bless wee oscar



    12:17 on 1 May, 2014



    Hahaha…I was simply making a statement, not questioning, or criticising you …. or anyone else….!!!!!!!!

  19. Hamiltontim is praying for Oscar on




    I wish mate :-)






    Please don’t read into things that aren’t there. I replied that I thought JFH’s post was a good post but that he needed to hang fire with LG because an investigation is taking place.



    You’ve commented that someone would ‘rip it to pieces’ and then alluded to me doing that.



    I haven’t.



    Now what is wrong with the post please?

  20. Pogmathonyahun aka Laird of the Smiles on

    HT what sort of bait do you use on that big hook of yours? ;-)

  21. Sent an e-mail requesting a place at the CQN golf day………..Will I get a response Friday/Sat?

  22. Richie –



    Is that you just out of your scratcher?



    Totally agree, the evening was full of great craic, with a few bevvies and a nice curry thrown in for good measure.



    Aye, and a wee toast to our friend, Pablo.



    Looking forward to the next one!!




  23. Joe Filippis Haircut on

    Livibhoy. Surely we cant judge our strikers on the basis of one terrible result ( Morton ) confidence is the a big factor with any striker and they need to be judged over a longer run in the first team.What is the point of signing young strikers if you dont play them but sign older players and play them ? I think it is in the hands of PL and Celtic wither Sammi stays or go if they make the big guy feel wanted and maybe tweak his contract offer a bit I think he would stay just my opinion. H.H.

  24. The readership demographics of CQN will mean that this is not news, but for the benefit of anyone having a keek who doesn’t realise what a giant of the game Jimmy McGrory is, this is the guy who scored 501 goals for Celtic in 522 games over 16 seasons.



    This compares with 242 goals in 313 games over 7 seasons for Henrik.



    And Jimmy didn’t take penalties (well, he is actually have thought to have taken 3 penalties, including 1 in his last game at Celtic Park; which he missed!) …




  25. I met the great man James McGrory when I was up at Celtic park with my old man in the fifties, he shook my hand and gave me a sweetie, one of them mint ones with the black and white stripes wrapped in see through paper, it was only for about two mins. Maybe not even that long, I never have and never will forget it, he patted me on the napper as we left, nice man I thought kinda like my Granda image.

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