Firhill is the stage, fickle looking form


You can imagine the anticipation Celtic players as they arrived for training this morning for Saturday’s visit to Firhill. They must be bursting a gut, just desperate to get onto the field and do their stuff. You and I have seen lots of this team, but right now, today, they will have an edge that’s been missing for so long. They have questions to answer, points to prove and a league title to win.

Firhill will be their stage. If anyone at Lennoxtown is in doubt about the job required, I still have my boots, just let me at them.

It’s indicative of where we are that those two draws (Hamilton and Dundee) plunged us into a form crisis. Since the turn of the year we’ve won 9 out of 13 games, failing to win twice with 10 men, once away to our nearest challengers, and that awful Dundee game at Celtic Park. Were it not for the two red cards, I expect the dip in form would be scarcely noticeable.

Over the same period Aberdeen have had a far easier programme, playing only 9 games (in 9 weeks). They’ve won six of these games, including the last two, which has put a more respectable look on their form. It’s still not any better than Celtic’s, though.

We’re still playing fixture catch-up, as we’ve six games in the next five weeks, to Aberdeen’s four, but that’s the price of reaching the latter stages of cup competitions.

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  1. Brogan Rogan Trevino and Hogan supports Oscar Knox, MacKenzie Furniss and anyone else who fights Neuroblastoma on




    Very sad to hear of your loss.



    I have said enough about Res 12 the board and all that and will leave everyone to digest and consider.



    So let me turn to footballing matters by way of a story.



    When I was a young boy, not even a teenager, I came into contact with an older guy who was a bit of a footballer.



    His team had just reached a cup final and a few days later he was due to take to the field in the most imporatnt game of football in his life. He was a good player, a fair bit of skill and a scoring and creative threat.



    However, he was also a strong young fella with thighs like tree trunks.



    The manager of his team was a wiley oul fox and knew that his team was by far the poorer side when compared player to player. However, he knew that on their day his team could maybe pull off as shock result provided he got his tactics right and unsettled the opposition.



    So, this young fella told me, the oul fox decided on one very specific tactic.



    He told my young friend that, as soon as reasonably possible, he should give the star player of the opposing team a “right dull yin” of the kind that would take him out of the game and negate his contribution for the rest of the 90 minutes. This, said the oul fox, would distract and upset the opposition, take away their main threat, and your team mates will all grow a wee bit in stature.



    He added that my you g friend might good booked, but of were done early enough in the game, the referee would maybe book him but bot send him off — he wouldn’t have the bott;e to do it if it was early enough.



    Sure enough, my young friend absolutely blootered the opposition’s star winger as early as he could.



    That friend’s name was Ronnie Glavin, his manager was Dave McParland, the winger was Jimmy Johnstone, and Thistle went on to win 4-1 as we all know.



    The point of this story is this.



    If for any reason, someone — whether it be an Aberdeen player os anyone else — manages to crock Leigh Griffiths — then there is every chance Aberdeen will win the league.



    Without Grifficths we are devoid of a natural goalscorer and the tactic deployed by Davie McP over 90 minutes may have a far greater impact on this Celtic team and squad if Griffiths is put out of the game for three or four ties.



    Celtic have to concentrate on Firhill — I get that — but behind the scenes the management must be looking at alternative strategies in the event of Griffiths being injured.



    He will be treated very roughly by the Dons when we next meet that is for certain.



    By the way, in later years Ronnie loved playing with Jimmy — and Jimmy loved playing with Ronnie — for a brief spell — but still never forgave him for the dull yin.

  2. BRTH


    Thank you for the update and thanks to everyone else who has worked so hard to progress Res 12.



    I think I am able to read between the lines and it’s not pleasant at the moment.

  3. BRTH



    I’m at a loss for words Jim.



    You’ve known about my reservations from the outset but as I said earlier to Canamalar, by God you four have fought the good fight.

  4. BRTH



    Sorely disappointed to hear of the Board’s stance. I really thought they’d grown a pair and were fighting the good fight. Apparently not.



    As a fan I’m sickened that they’re just rolling over, as a shareholder I’m disgusted that they appear to be abdicating their responsibility.



    I’ll be contacting at least one of those you mention to request action.




  5. Big Georges Fan Club - Hail, Hail, Wee Oscar on

    Condolences to MountblowTim and family on loss of his wife – terrible time.



    CRC – just saw your news re: housebreak – that’s utterly crap. Hope the little sh!ts that did it get captured and hammered for it. Have some chocolate and a big, fat cake – it’ll help :-)



    All the discussion this evening re: lack of commitment by Celtic to tackle shareholders’ (and everyone else’s) concerns re: SFA collusion / corruption is depressing for the future of football in Scotland.



    Many on here have been hopeful that Celtic were “acting behind the scenes”, would “strike when the time is right”, were “keeping their powder dry”, or another such euphemism for doing little, or nothing.



    Even when they issued that weak as dishwater statement after LNS result “…Oh, we at Celtic are awfy surprised about that result…but there ye go, what can you do – ho-hum…”



    Others have been steadfast about where this was heading all along – super conspiracy, including Celtic’s Board, to get a Rangers club back to the top league relatively unscathed, millions of debt jettisoned, nothing other than a four year’s “missionary work” to help financially shore-up the lower leagues in Scotland.



    As an inherent optimist, I have mainly been in the former camp. I’ve now switched (too late, I know), as reality is setting in – all Scottish football fans have been taken for fools, and the leaders of our club seem to be complicit.



    What to do now??? This seems like a bizzare nightmare (and as I’m typing this, Warburton comes on the sports news in full Old Firm mode).



    It’s a bad dream, mates.



    KevJ is right.






  6. Neustadt-Braw on

    coprophagia……stress ,nutrient deficiency,are the board of Celtic suffering ? In the eyes of the children the answers will be determined.


    I am tempted to prophecy.


    “This will determine us as the Celtic support”


    Do we not eat other peoples shit ….we then of course eat our own….keep the den clean so no scavengers find us….well f*ck that…



    To the barricades….




  7. So the suits have been shafted by a bunch of no mark huns and won’t admit their incompitance.


    Best legal brains, aye right, they don’t give a feck, they do about your money mind you.


    Worse than huns, huns do what they do cos they are huns, I honestly thought that our suits had some morals


    How wrong I was.

  8. Birth


    Will uefa deal with shareholders if a club and association don’t support them?


    Stinks of being warned off.

  9. Margaret McGill on

    “Ever get the feeling you’ve been cheated?”


    Johnny Rotten 1976 San Francisco. Lat sex pistols concert. Last words.

  10. Neustadt-Braw on

    Jim what has Auldheid to add?….bet he is still looking for angles…TET is on the money ….feck sake are they totally daft…



  11. Neustadt-Brat



    To the barricades….right enough!



    When we crowd funded the newspaper ad we laid a glove on them. We exposed the lie, we embarrassed the football authorities, we got global attention for the story, we set the agenda. It was one brief shining moment.



    Everything else?



    We need to make some noise. Gloves off noise.

  12. !!Bada Bing!! on

    Lawwell seems more interested in protecting his UEFA position,than stand up for his own Club.

  13. Neustadt-Braw on

    winning Captains open it now laddie….poonds is what will move them….cold hard jobbies on sticks…all nice and shiny…


    Shit is what they seem to understand….so let’s give them lots of it ….




  14. Mountblow Tim, Deepest condolences about your loss, You are Lucky to have had that Rock, a lot dinnae get that amazing privilege.



    Delaneys D, I hope yer wee Mammy gets the accomodation setup perfect for her.



    CRC, I am very angry about hearing yer news. I think it may indeed be an analogy on THIS day. You have EPITOMISED Ultimately what being a Celtic Supporter is always.



    The Secretive Wans have people in Positions, from All different Religions…. To the Public, blah blah blah, posted it often enough.



    Every Boardroom has a member, who knows even backups, sorted.



    Money Money Money and all that Material Stuff….. Wow the New Old Firm.



    Christ Resurrected.CSC

  15. Margaret McGill on

    Dear numpties gullibles fools and fellow tims.


    I have decided that on April 1st (no joke) will my last posting on CQN.


    It’s been a wonderful ride these last 7 years.


    I see the writing on the wall and Im done with this Old Firm shit.


    So lets be having you (a la mode of Delia Smith) and I will try and avoid my 2nd yellow these last few weeks.


    ha ha

  16. GlassTwoThirdsFull on

    Seems a bit strange why they would play ball all along and then back off at the last minute. You would have to wonder if someone who wasn’t involved has become involved…..?

  17. Never thought that I would ever feel “betrayed” in my love affair with CELTIC and everything to do with the club, but the latest update re the board’s apparent (in) action on Res 12 + all other related SFA / SEVCO cover ups sickens me deeply………



    As in all passionate affairs of the heart, body & mind, I’ll never stop loving CELTIC and my own personal recollections of supporting CELTIC and what they ( CELTIC F.C ) mean to me !



    Like many contributors on this site, this sense of connection, devotion & faith in the institution ( of Celtic ) was passed down to me from many sadly departed family members & friends – HOWEVER, the more I read & hear in regard to how the current custodians appear to be dealing with the entire corruption that has been primarily targeted at us ( as well as past generations of good & decent CELTIC supporters ), the more I find myself “lost”!



    Paying lip service to the hard work & effort of all involved in pushing for justice in regard to Res 12, and then not having the desire, interest, compulsion to take all the evidence that has been gathered & presented to the next level and bring the entire house crashing down is simply NOT ACCEPTABLE !



    At this stage, doing nothing is not an option it really is past the point of doing the right thing here………



    Like many others, I find myself asking the question “why do the board not feel the same anger & sense of injustice at what the SFA / SEVCO and all associated with these organisations have done to our “shared” club ?



    Surely, ALL CELTIC supporters ( including the Board ) share the same basic desire that CELTIC will not be cheated and will NOT allow this to happen ?



    Why play the game in the first instance if the entire set up is a fix and set up for the benefit of one club ?



    If anyone with a voice or influence within the Celtic boardroom reads this blog as much as we all do then there MUST be an awareness as to the sense of significant emotion ( as well as anger / frustration / disbelief ) that the current silence or apparent lack of any definitive & progressive action at higher levels is creating !



    What am I missing ?



    The strategy of silence & apparent in action only makes sense if the current board don’t see the issue as a cause worth fighting for – but why on earth wouldn’t they ?



    This off the park fight is as important to the fans as any “fight” to win a match on the field of play ?



    I don’t expect us to win every battle but I want us to at least try – and do so with the right attitude and understanding as to “why” the cause is worth fighting for……..



    Is that too much to expect from those who run the club ?



    If you don’t want to be in the front line of the fight then at least provide us ( the everyday, “ordinary Joe” fans ) with the ammunition & back ground support) to deliver the knock out body blows that will bring the whole thing down ?



    Do we not DESERVE that one request ?



    I can only hang on to the fact that I MUST be missing something and a fierce battle is being waged beyond my view……….and possibly out with my basic mindset as a lifelong supporter of the club who can’t accept the cheating & years of wrong doing against us !



    Part of me wants to say goodbye……………..but I know that I’ll never be able to do so……even if I kid myself on that I can & will……………….my love & devotion to everything related to Celtic won’t allow me to go……



    Limbo ain’t no consolation………but neither is denial or fear – we broke no rules and we are not in the wrong – we don’t need no stink’n SEVCO or the corrupt SFA – not fit for purpose.



    Hail Hail………

  18. GuyFawkesaforeverhero on

    Brogan Rogan Trevino and Hogan supports Oscar Knox, MacKenzie Furniss and anyone else who fights Neuroblastoma on 9th March 2016 11:00 pm



    My words add nothing to your great story.



    I just want to say when in years past, I phoned Sky to get their Sports Channels out of my house their guy on the phone asked me why. I did the usual YadaYadaYada making sure to involve Jim Hunnite and David Hunner. He replied, “I know what you mean. I’m a Barnsley fan and my favourite all-time player is Ronnie Glavin.”

  19. Neustadt-Braw on

    Off to ma scratcher…..this is like seeing the priest and nuns splitting the black baby money up….a hope someone sees the light or we are going doon the swirlies….




  20. GlassTwoThirdsFull on

    On a completely unrelated matter, word is Benitez is likely to take over at Newcastle if McClaren gets the boot, not Moyes.

  21. End of Days if what is transpiring comes to pass.



    Celtic is a Beacon of Goodness, The Support, the Blessed Support.



    End Times for sure, if the Board are colluding in this NEW AGE – I have knowledge about New Agers and I know they are Gnostics, and the Gnostics are Believers in a Different God from me.



    WE shall see what transpires.



    Come on the Ronny Deila.

  22. Big Georges Fan Club - Hail, Hail, Wee Oscar on

    So – are there any potential front-men out there to lead a second revolution?



    Last time there were plenty candidates (some more credible than others) – the Weisfelds, Fergus, Brian Dempsey, etc., were all arrayed (although not jointly) against the existing Board.



    The difference now seems the abject apathy amongst the rank-and-file support, and the lack of a focus / Celts-for-Change-type movement. No-one is out there, in public, talking about all of this – no-one is even voicing displeasure about the Board or club’s broad direction in the wider media.



    Most of the SMSM gleefully-reported criticism, and there is plenty, is about the team/manager; nothing addresses the Board’s leadership of the club, and the frighteningly steep downward spiral that we are absolutely intent on following.



    They don’t actually want to highlight it – the Huns have certainly learned from the SUPPOSED Celtic Board approach – “Never interrupt your enemy when he is making a mistake”.



    I have been a mug in denying the evidence of my own eyes – too easy to suspend belief where Celtic is involved. But I think the news from BRTH has lifted the veil for a few of us this evening.



    Inaction is complicity – simple as that.








    Sack the Board

  23. Quick question.



    Why did our clubs board act so quickly to address the Juninho EBT situation when they became aware of it?

  24. Margaret McGill on

    GlassTwoThirdsFull on 9th March 2016 11:53 pm



    you cawin me a liar??? :) :)


    naw come on.


    Time to stick a fork in it


    its done

  25. Margaret McGill on

    Art of War on 9th March 2016 11:55 pm



    Quinn or Reid (cant remember who) had HMRC inside info

  26. That last X-Files on Monday night even mentioned HP Blavatsky and a lot of other things.



    In Your Face



    These upper echelons Love Money and want to keep it Rocking and Rolling in.




  27. Mags thx – so they realised that they had to act in the best interests of the club/shareholders, no?



    So why is the current situation any different?



    Who/what is the monkey?

  28. There is always evil birthing when Good arrives.



    Blavatskys Gnostic, secret, Lucifer Worshipping, hitler Inspiring book came oot in 1888.



    Seems like a few to many fall for her Evil possessed shit, Lucis/Lucifer publishings United Nations. ;))



    The Board, defo the end times when Black becomes White…..



    Money Money Money.



    Respect Paul67 and his site for being a vehicle for Charity, That is Powerful, beyond belief that is Powerful.

  29. Big Georges Fan Club - Hail, Hail, Wee Oscar - Sack the Board - Lawwell Out on

    Lawwell is the Monkey, DD is the Monkey, Bankier is the Monkey, Livingston is the Monkey – do Celtic fans relate to any of these individuals?







    Sack the Board / Lawwell Out

  30. Greenwells Glory on

    Hi Ghuys, Salve salve ;- Mountblow Tim, sincere condolences on your wife’s passing I hope you find solace from somewhere.


    Canalamar Brogan Rogan Auldheid and anyone else who is connected to the res 12 fight, Total respect for your efforts. In all the coming and goings with regard to this and the Board’s response or lack of. I have always had a reluctance to believe that they were ignorant of the rules that applied. In particular I do not believe for one instant that Dermott Desmond would not have moved heaven and earth to get to the bottom of and expose any rule breaking if any other of his companies was on the receiving end of any equivalent chicanery. Particularly if it lead to disadvantage and financial loss. For the life of me I cannot conceive of any reason why he would be so willing to hold back in Celtic’s case, to me it just doesn’t make sense. Failure of the board to act could bring devastating consequences down upon their heads,


    Anyhoo thanks for all your efforts.





    Vincit omnia veritas

  31. Margaret McGill on

    Art of War on 10th March 2016 12:04 am



    What do you mean about the “current situation”…I’m sorry I’m not following?