First G.o.D. reaches age of majority



Walking to the ground yesterday my brother and I were explaining to the younger generation how special these moments were, in the context of some of years we’ve lived through. Our decade in the wilderness ended 18 years ago, but that’s our 12th title in that period. We’ve turned what looked and felt like a never ending period of subjugation into a complete domination.

As that league win in 1998 reaches the age of majority, it is indisputably a Generation of Domination. None of this came as a surprise, in fact, it was inevitable.

You win or lose individual leagues and trophies often on the bounce of a ball, but the structural forces behind football shift slowly. The path we were on when Fergus left us in 1999 led to what was to come. A policy of paying your bills and keeping debt within reach was going to lose the odd title here or there, but we were always going to win the long game against a competitor who got a little carried away.

The only question now, is how many generations will it last? Or perhaps more tellingly, will it ever end?  Don’t count on it.

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  1. traditionalist88 on

    Ellboy on 10th May 2016 11:25 am



    I think Rogic is the far more imaginative and technically gifted, notwithstanding the fitness issues.



    Maybe Bitton should reinvent himself as the combative type….read the game, win the ball via interceptions, chasing down opponents a bit more… I’m not saying go flying into challenges all over the place, but by the same token no Celtic midfielder can be ducking out of challenges or hesitating when the ball is theirs to win. That was my issue.



    I agree about technique and athleticism, but it has to be in that order…. we released Andy Robertson because he was too small. Billy Stark comments that Xavi and Iniesta wouldnt have made it in Scotland were telling. Technique first, athleticism can be worked on.




  2. Saint Stivs says SACK THE BOARD on

    Jeese oh.



    I am scrolling past so fast my eyes are going blurry. .



    Don’t get me started on the creation of Australia.

  3. Delaneys Dunky on 9th May 2016 11:49 pm


    Why the anti John Collins sentiments on here tonight?



    One of my favourite players. Great hunskelper and European class Celtic player.



    Good luck in the future JC





    Agree 100%. JC is and was and is in an elite band of Celtic players who had the ability to play at the highest level.


    Ok, its not quite worked out the way we wanted with JC and RD, but I am still of the opinion that the ideas were correct. Its a pity the performances did not match.



    In my opinion, we as in many of the Celtic support are far too eager to trash our former players.




  4. The time reaper,what is your point,if its a dig at the current, Celtic Board,for the main stand to be upgraded, then you my friend ,like myself and other fans ,we will just be wasting our time,this mob that run our club,take all the freebies, that’s going,but they treat the main folk,who put plenty of money into the club,with contempt,I know wee need a new manager,wee also need a board that will look after the ordinary fans,hopefully, there will be big changes in the Summer,

  5. —–



    A Wee Spoiler For The Second Part Of “The Maggie McGill Story : The Hollywood Years”..



    Coming Up Oan CQN At The Weekend.




    “Tip-Toe Through The Tulips”








    Folk Easily Forget That “Peebles’ Finest”..



    Blazed A Trail In The US For The Beatles, Sidney Devine,Peter Noone’s Hermans Hermits, Lulu…



    An’ Bellshill’s Ain Tina Easton.



    Credit Where Credit Is Due…



    With Her “Tiny Tim” Concept…



    Certainly,She Inspired A Weedy Saff Londoner…



    To Develop His “Ziggy Stardust” Persona.



    We Reckon She Never Got The Recognition…



    Because She Was A Y-U-G-E TIM !



    By The Way…



    There Is A Secret Behind “Tip-Toe Through The Tulips”…



    Which Was Originally Recorded At 78r.p.m.




    If It Is Played At A QUARTER-SPEED…



    One Hears The Distinctive Chord Structure….



    Jimi Hendrix Later Plagiarised For “Third Rock From The Sun”…



    Oor ♥Maggie♥..An Enigma..



    Hidden Away In A Matrushka Doll…



    Present Location..







  6. I would re-echo Big-Cup-Winners plea to park the current debate and concentrate on Celtic issues. There was a link earlier to a powerful piece of writing by Paul on the Hail Hail Media. I am surprised that it didn’t elicit a major response here.


    Perhaps I’m behind the times and maybe the piece is not a current production but if it is, it would have made the greatest leader of all time on CQN.

  7. South Of Tunis on

    Israel ? .



    A sample of one –



    My mother did that Arbeit Macht Frei thing in two different locations . That necessitated the ever so bureacratic SS giving her 2 tattoos -left breast / left forearm . The one on her breast was done with a metal stamp with pins , some ink and a hammer . Triple whammy re why — a Slav , a Socialist and a Jew . An atheist Jew from a long line of atheist jews – but Hey Ho -an inferior being ..who lived to tell the tale and breed



    She chose not to live in Israel – she wanted SFA to do with Zionism . I spent lots of summers doing that kibbutz thing ( always left wing / non zionist ) -In my experience, Israelis are much like anybody else -some good , some bad etc .. If you want to lump all citizens of Israel as being in the same bag as someone like Netanyahu then you are doing the same thing as someone who claims that all citizens of the UK are just like Gove or Farage .



    Warm and sunny – mid 20s way down south .



    Today’s get up and oot choon —



    The Blue Things – One Hour Cleaners (RCA Victor )

  8. thetimreaper on

    TIMBHOY3 on 10TH MAY 2016 11:40 AM



    I was referring to our reduced allocation at Tynecastle. I’m not sure what you’ve picked up.

  9. I think we should be holding on to wee Emilio Arturo Izaguirre Girón, especially since Kieran Tierney will be away to Arsenal or Liverpool (circa £10M ) © The Daily Thug’s n Thieves.



    p.s. with Big Bad Peter Lawwell having 500K in his back pooch



    WelcometoScotlandIzzy CSC

  10. I’d have Izzy in the starting 11 every time – right in front of young KT at left-mid.



    Gives KT the experience and cover he needs and allows Izzy to use one of his great facets – roving down the left and getting the ball across. Freedom to roam without the ultimate responsibility of full-back. Can interchange with the youngster too when energy levels dip.



    Would give us a great dynamic left-side. nightmare to defend against that pair.

  11. macjay1 for Neil Lennon on

    A wee fact for the anti – Brit brigade and it`s distortions .



    Israel was formed as the result of a vote in the U.N.



    U.K. abstained.



    Stalin and U.S. voted in favour.



    Inconvenient fact , but true.

  12. Saint Stivs says SACK THE BOARD on

    So having been informed I was seeing second rangers adverts because of my browsing history today I have a recruitment agency telling me perfect jobs for me at













  13. SOUTH OF TUNIS on 10TH MAY 2016 11:46 AM



    My view is that the world would be a better place, for everyone, if Israel had not been created in the first place.



    But if I was going to Cork I wouldn’t be starting from here.

  14. MACJAY1 FOR NEIL LENNON on 10TH MAY 2016 11:52 AM



    So it was imposed on the people who lived there?



    Is that what you’re saying?

  15. thetimreaper on

    Izzy still has a season left on his contract. With Ronny leaving, no player is finished. Anything that has happened previously is off the table. Unless Pedro wants him off the wage bill that is. Happy birthday wee man!




    Another myopic blunder by RD was to exclude the Honduran completely from the day KT won the left back spot.



    The eighteen year old was lucky to survive with knocks and cramp, in most games.



    If Izzy hangs around he could flourish again under new management, as will a few others.

  17. Oh, and to add on Izzy – for all ronny Deila’s bullshit about dynamic players bursting with energy he discards Izzy, one of THE most dynamic, energetic players I’ve seen in a Celtic jersey the past decade. Hypocritical fraud that you were, Ronny. But nice guy.

  18. Saint Stivs says SACK THE BOARD on

    Me too wanted to see an iz and kt try out.



    But only kieran gets to cross the ball.

  19. bournesouprecipe on 10th May 2016 11:57 am



    thetimreaper on 10th May 2016 11:56 am






    yup, and Yup. There’s a few good seasons left in Izzy.

  20. Arrrrrgh,



    Anything but Warburtons.



    I’ll be glad when the magic hat is lured away to a massive, top of the tree club like Basildon so my wife can be free to buy the stuff again.



    ( No offence to any lurking Basildon supporters )



    HH. Willingmugcsc.

  21. Saint Stivs says SACK THE BOARD on



    Tax dodging and paying players off the books started with gasgoinge in 95.

  22. !!Bada Bing!! on

    SS-How did Gascoigne and Laudrup end up at Ibrox? Dates moved to cheat football,and the taxpayers mate.HH

  23. An Teach Solais on

    The Jewish State of Israel may have come into being as a result of UN vote but a pity that the Netanyahu government doesn’t abide by UN decisions. If it were to do so there may yet be a peaceful solution acceptable to the majority of the oppressed Palestinian people.


    However, at this juncture, and accepting that we oppose oppression everywhere ought we not to get back to Celtic. At a time when the corruption within SFA needs our attention and hopefully an early statement from CFC will be made and attract publicity that IMHO should be our main focus


    Some of this morning’s posts, again IMO, are on speed scroll by button. Perhaps many of you will think the same of mine but there is a danger of CQN lapsing into silliness. HH

  24. Go tell the Spartim on

    Izzy has many attributes but crossing isnt one of them and he is as prone to switching off as the much maligned Efe.



    If we were to read anything into his lap of honour, it could be construed as him waving goodbye, but then the Maestro did throw his boots into the Jungle (saddest day of my young Celtic supporting days) and then, thankfully, was still here the following year.



    Id keep him, but i think he’s for the off, with Forrest, Ciftci, Scepovic, Cole, Blackett and a fair few others

  25. Saint Stivs says SACK THE BOARD on

    The hail hail media article well worth a read.



    Sfa for the sfa

  26. THETIMREAPER on 10TH MAY 2016 11:49 AM



    I think you missed my point in regards to Armageddon in Scottish football



    Hearts have financially successfully turned around the club, they now have 3mill in reserve


    They have reduced away allocations to all clubs just not Celtic, if Scottish football is going to climb above a backwater what Hertz are doing under Mrs Budge guidance is a step in the right direction



    I’m well aware of statements Mrs Budge has made in ref to Celtic fans i don’t agree with her on that issue no need to point me in that direction



    Dundee fans complaining below, its just not Celtic fans



    When they came to visit Dens Park we handed them 25% of the ground. And to be fair to them they filled it.



    “But Dundee could easily have taken more than the 700 we were offered.



    “This club regularly takes more fans than that away from home and that number is particularly high when we travel to Edinburgh, especially since we’ve not played Hearts for two years.



    “Club policy seems to be that unless you are Aberdeen or Celtic you don’t get the full 1,400. Everyone outside of those two is dished out just 700.

  27. buick makane on

    Would love to see izzy stay but at 30 years of age and not guaranteed first team football he might want to go somewhere he’ll get a regular game,if he goes I’m sure he’ll go with the best wishes of Celtic fans everywhere



  28. The Battered Bunnet on




    You have a fascinating life story. If you ever get the notion to get the book written, let me know.




    “Maybe Bitton should reinvent himself as the combative type….read the game, win the ball via interceptions, chasing down opponents a bit more… I’m not saying go flying into challenges all over the place, but by the same token no Celtic midfielder can be ducking out of challenges or hesitating when the ball is theirs to win. That was my issue.”



    If you look at his time at Ashdod he played in a more advanced position & if he was bought as a ready made defensive midfielder (replacement for Wanyama) then I think that was a mistake. I do agree with you on Rogic being more imaginative & fitness being his main issue but he has a similar stature to Nir & is also guilty of shirking a challenge or two. Yet comes in for little criticism.? To be clear, I like them both & think we should be building a team around them.



    This season has been poor in terms of our collective midfield. Brown maybe down to injuries has been terrible since November & Johansen well he’s been awful all year. Nir made a good start to the season but for much of it really hasn’t had a reliable partner, either offensively or defensively to play along side. I’d hope we find one for next season & then I think it would be fairer to judge his overall contribution.



    Specifically on your above paragraph though. Could be wrong but I think this is what we are trying to coach in to Nir but given this wasn’t his game pre Celtic it’s fair to expect this will take time. Although I do see him doing the things you highlight effectively but only sporadically. Who knows given time perhaps he can be developed into an effective & consistent defensive midfielder as for sure we desperately need one. For me though, I see other more offensive qualities in him that I’d prefer to exploit. Let’s see what the summer brings but if it was up to me a defensive midfielder to play in behind him & a fit Brown would be at the top of my list.




  30. thetimreaper on

    LIONROARS67 on 10TH MAY 2016 12:10 PM



    I got the point about Armageddon. I wasn’t replying to you specifically. I found it interesting that they have a short fall of at least £3 million re the stadium redevelopment, yet had empty seats in the Rosevale stand in matches against Celtic. I wasn’t pointing you in any direction at all.



    Anyway when you back at 5’s?





    Wonderfully put,a wee bit of perspective does no harm and much good.



    Me,I won’t judge a people or a nation by its leaders. Let’s face it,we’ve had a few that wouldnae last five minutes in a pub with us.

  32. THETIMREAPER on 10TH MAY 2016 12:16 PM



    Not back for a couple of weeks, busy with work unfortunately



    Give you time to practice not getting nutmeged cant do the smiley thing

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