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First G.o.D. reaches age of majority

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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

    scullybhoy on 10th May 2016 9:03 am

     

     

    Disgraceful? Highlighting that one of our midfielders doesn’t like a tackle?

     

     

    Go and watch the Ross County game – near the end of the first half. Ball bounced edge of their box – closer to Bitton than Ross County player. It was Bittons ball. Bricked it – gave County player the advantage, then Bitton pulled him down.

     

     

    Easy way out. Instead of keeping the pressure on, we gave them an easy way out.

     

     

    If you don’t think the small details like this matter in matches,you shouldnt get involved in discussions about football.

  2. Anybody that renews they’re season ticket whilst Lawwell is still calling the shots at the club, is a willing mug!

     

    Willing to be cheated!

     

    Willing to pay to watch yer team being mibberied on the pitch!

     

    Willing to pay Lawwell to bring in a puppet-manager who’ll be conditioned to follow club policy and, look the other way from the cheating-mibbery!

     

    Willing to pay Lawwell’s bonus for the above!

     

    Willing to pay to be deceived by a club who send out season ticket renewal packages which contains – umpteen references to – Rangers FC!

     

    Willing to pay Lawwell and his pawns on the board to, take yer money then place you at the back of the bus!

     

    Celtic fans don’t deserve to be, cheated, deceived, mibberied cause, they’re innocent well meaning souls who want to do nothing more than support the Celtic. That’s grand!

     

    But, this is the time of the year when you hold all the power.

     

    This particular year, with so many consequences at stake….take 5 and think this through.

     

    My prediction…..

     

    Celtic will sell no more than 20,000 season books as the, hierarchy or, to be more specific – Lawwell – will hold fire till the 27th of May has passed and then he will either, panic and go for a big name or, he’ll already have sumdy ready to roll out like – McInnes ? – Hartley ? – Lambert ?

     

    I was told last night that, Desmond wants Roy Keane and, Lawwell wants Lambert.

     

    Make of that what you will.

     

    It’s been said that, Desmond didn’t realize how rudderless the club was till he took in the SCSF defeat to the huns. Ah mean, has he not seen all the empty seats over the last few years ? FMM!

     

    If that is true about DD, is he the type of figure who should be in control of Celtic ?

     

    I can see the huns winning the league next season as, rudderless Celtic eats itself.

     

    I’ll say it again before I leave….

     

    Renew yer season ticket whilst Lawwell is still calling the shots then, yer a willing mug paying to be skinned alive….imho.

     

    ….off-oot….

  3. Openly calling for the “Death” of a country is as extreme as it gets.

     

     

    Is this what passes for acceptable on CQN these days?

     

     

    What a rancid blog this has become.

  4. Dontbrattbakkinanger on

    Never mind ole P.Hewson – many happy returns to hoopslegend Emilio Izaguirre.

     

     

    While Keiran Teirney’s performances have been one of the few highlights this season it is important to remember the impact Emilio had when he first came to Celtic.

     

     

    I don’t think he was the same player after his bad ankle injury [ which probably resulted in him not going to the EPL for mega bucks], but he has been one of our better players over the past few seasons.

     

     

    My personal highlights:

     

     

    1/ the goal he set up [with Sammi] for Gary hooper against the Undead

     

     

    2/ the penalty miss that robded him of his hat trick

     

     

    3/a real footballer’s haircut

  5. macjay1 for Neil Lennon on

    PROUDBHOY on 10TH MAY 2016 8:59 AM

     

    Macjays anti Irish bigotry rearing its head again.

     

     

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    Put up or…..

     

     

     

    You know the rest.

  6. Bobby

     

     

    All is good , hardest but the most enjoyable job Iv had.

     

     

    3weeks now and each day is a school day.

     

     

    Now time to get a job and house sorted and that’s us settled back in.

  7. 16 roads - Celtic über alles... on

    Not wishing to sound negative, however that SMSM shower are beyond the Pale.

     

     

    I don’t read any of their anti-Celtic diatribe, just the headlines on the Newsnow, that’s enough for anybody.

     

     

    Who exactly asked Ronny the sneaky and idiotic question if his championship victory was “undervalued” ffs?

     

     

    Why would it be?

     

     

    No opinion whatsoever as to who should be appointed next manager,but a Roy Keane or Mick McCarthy type character would quickly put those glipes in their place, if nothing else.

     

     

    The club should be dealing with them anyway, even before they begin their inevitable attempts at undermining any Celtic manager.

     

     

    Rant over.

     

     

    HH.

  8. Joe Filippis Haircut on

    Two games to go and this season will be finished for Celtic and we will be joined by a new manager who ever he is will in my opinion have to get rid of a lot of the dead wood at the club.The players I would move on are Commons Forrest Cifti Scepovic Mulgrew Ambrose Cole Richards Izzy Fisher Stokes there will be others but removing that lot from our wage bill should free up a fair amount of cash to use for new incoming players wages.I think to be realistic asking any new manager to qualify for the Champions league proper is a tall order it will take him time to build his team and get it playing to his system. H.H.

  9. On the criticism of Nir Bitton, he’s a classy footballer & not the hammer thrower so many seem to want him to be.

     

     

    Sure he could be more productive & should be grabbing games by the throat but people forget he’s still relatively inexperienced & inconsistencies will happen. This is really only his second full season at a decent level & there’s plenty time for him to develop his game. I think he’d flourish playing along side a Wanyama type Defensive midfielder. This season Brown has been extremely inconsistent & Johansen well he’s been awful. Bitton really hasn’t had a reliable partner to play along side all season. Hopefully the next manager to come in makes a Defensive midfielder a priority & also has the ability to polish rough gems like Nir.

     

     

    As good technical footballers like him…….well we need more of them. HH!

  10. Thank you to all my fellow CQNers who have provided glowing references for TBJ.

     

    Having never met the fellow, I do not question your references.

     

     

    To be clear, I did not play the man. I objected strongly to, and still do, to his comment, “death to Israel”, which I believe to reprehensible. It has no place in any rational forum.

     

     

    That this followed on from, imo, an equally distasteful comment equating a Celtic player, with genocidal child murderers, because he misplaced a pass in a trivial game of football is,to me, unacceptable.

     

     

    No matter how good a guy one normally is, or whatever issues one may be struggling with, comments such as those made by TBJ are in no way justifiable.

     

     

    Eurochamps67

     

     

    Thought Bitton misplaced a pass, which caused a goal, then hid thereafter on Sunday.

  11. 16 roads - Celtic über alles... on

    DONTBRATTBAKKINANGER – Agree 100%.

     

     

    Wee Emilio always has been, and always shall be a Celtic legend.

     

     

    Slan.

     

     

    KTF.

  12. ELLBOY on 10TH MAY 2016 9:17 AM

     

    ‘Openly calling for the “Death” of a country is as extreme as it gets.’

     

     

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    That would depend on whether or not you assume that calling for the destruction of a state necessarily implies calling for the destruction of the inhabitants of the state.

     

     

    There are, for instance, those on here who would support the destruction of the political entity called Northern Ireland. I doubt any of them would be suggesting that the population be destroyed.

  13. Some papers saying Brendan Rodgers, some Moyes, Roy Keane or a MON/Keane combination, poor Lenny hardly gets a mention these days though he still has some backers and every now & then some dark horse gets a mention,

     

    It is silly season and will remain so for about another week, the good news is that the vast majority if not all of the hacks and recipients of confidential info will be proved wrong.

  14. The Battered Bunnet on

    The maxim when it comes to candidates for Celtic Manager is:

     

     

    If they’re talking to the media they’re not taking to Celtic.

     

     

    Notable radio silence from both David Moyes and Michael O’Neill lately.

  15. ELLBOY on 10TH MAY 2016 9:43 AM

     

    ERNIE LYNCH

     

     

     

    ‘I think his motivation is quite clear & repugnant.’

     

     

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    I assume you mean meaning rather than motivation.

  16. macjay1 for Neil Lennon on

    EUROCHAMPS67 on 10TH MAY 2016 9:36 AM

     

    Thank you to all my fellow CQNers who have provided glowing references for TBJ.

     

     

    Having never met the fellow, I do not question your references.

     

     

     

    To be clear, I did not play the man. I objected strongly to, and still do, to his comment, “death to Israel”, which I believe to reprehensible. It has no place in any rational forum.

     

     

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    That`s precisely what I responded to.

  17. https://johnjamessite.com/2016/05/10/the-silence-of-the-succulent-lambs/

     

     

    The Silence of The Succulent Lambs

     

     

    “Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn’s The Gulag Archipelago with its rich and varied authorial voice, its unique weaving together of personal testimony, philosophical analysis, and historical investigation, and its unrelenting indictment of communist ideology, made it one of the most impactful books of the 20th century.” This comment was made by historian and Pullitzer Prize winner Anne Applebaum. This book which was suppressed eventually sold over 30 million copies and was translated into 35 languages. The worst excesses of the Russian penal system, and a KGB attempt to assassinate him using ricin, failed to silence his voice.

     

     

    The title of this article was not coined by me. It was suggested in a comment by The Mensch in which he and another regular contributor were using film titles as a basis for some puns. The renascence of Rangers was referred to as The Lambshank Redemption. As much as I appreciate their wit and humour, the blanket suppression of an objective report is somewhat sinister.

     

     

    The Tax Justice Network presented a cogent exposition of corruption in Scottish football governance. There can be no doubt whatsoever that the LNS Commission was a hollow sham. Common sense dictates that if a private limited company, be they Aberdeen Asset Managers or Rangers, engages in an illegal tax avoidance enterprise, namely DOS/VSS, they do so to provide themselves with a competitive advantage. De Boer, Flo and Moore did not sign for any other Scottish club as Rangers uniquely chose not to deduct PAYE and National Insurance Tax at source.Their contracts were not disclosed to HMRC or the SFA. The £2.83m due to HMRC has never been paid. One of the executives who engaged in this illegal tax enterprise gave false evidence to the LNS Commission. The SFA and SPFL changed the dates and scope of the inquiry to purposefully exclude Campbell Ogilvie’s complicity in the DOS/VSS enterprise from consideration. A lie by Sandy Bryson, where he interpreted an article of association that states that all contractual payments must be disclosed, became a conclusion that players were imperfectly registered but eligible.

     

     

    If this were a court of law, Campbell Ogilvie would be prosecuted for perjury. This is a narrative worth pursuing. Neil Doncaster’s decision to change the timeline of the commission should be questioned. Stewart Regan’s decision to allow Rangers to participate in UEFA tournaments in the 2011/2012 season, and his subsequent backpedalling with Rangers, renders him unfit for office. The concept that any member club can veto an SFA press release by its Chief Executive, should not be acceptable.

     

     

    The bigger question is how far are Neil Doncaster and Stewart Regan prepared to go to cover up the tax avoidance at Rangers? What we have here are two executives who perverted the course of a commission for their own ends. What we also have here are Scottish football executives who are not fit for purpose. They must be removed from Scottish football governance or it will forever be tainted by their corruption.

  18. Morning all.

     

     

    Beautiful day on the South Ayrshire coast.

     

     

    Heading back to Italy tomorrow, where I’m told it’s raining!

     

     

    Still hoping it will be Brendan Rodgers.

     

     

    HH!!

  19. ERNIE LYNCH

     

     

    The word “Death” tells me all I need to know about his meaning or indeed his motivation, as it should you.

     

     

    Israel’s right to exist should not be in question & neither should the right of the Palestinian people to have a state of their own. This simple & accurate sentence Is rarely seen on this blog & I doubt very much you’d hear them fro TBJ.

     

     

    People are of course entitled to their view however they are not entitled to call for the “Death” of a country. Extreme views such as this are dangerous, should not be tolerated & have no place on a Celtic blog or at our club.

     

     

    It’s as simple as that.

  20. ELLBOY on 10TH MAY 2016 10:02 AM

     

     

    ‘Israel’s right to exist should not be in question’

     

     

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    Should Northern Ireland’s right to exist be in question?

  21. THETIMREAPER on 10TH MAY 2016 10:04 AM

     

    LIONROARS67 on 10TH MAY 2016 9:54 AM

     

     

     

    Good article from JJ.

     

     

    Very entertainingly written, hit all the targets, especially the mendacity of the main culprits MSM, Ogilvie, Bryson, Regan and Doncaster, every time i read Brysons interpretation of illegal registrations it still beggars belief

  22. timaloy29 sleeps on the heated driveway on

    Biton is a very good player.

     

     

    Him, Griff and Sviatchenko will be key players next season.

  23. Dontbrattbakkinanger on

    ‘Notable radio silence from both David Moyes and Michael O’Neill lately’-

     

     

    -Owen Coyle’s gran has it locked on Ken Bruce.

  24. ERNIE LYNCH

     

     

    I don’t see the relevance to this conversation & frankly I am not qualified to comment, as I am sure TBJ likewise isn’t on calling for the “Death” of Israel (A recognised U.N. Country).

     

     

    Making an argument for it to be restructured would be an acceptable position to take but calling for it’s END. Well, I don’t know what we’re even arguing about?

     

     

    Do you accept Israel has a right to exist?

  25. traditionalist88 on 10th May 2016 9:12 am

     

     

    scullybhoy on 10th May 2016 9:03 am

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Disgraceful? Highlighting that one of our midfielders doesn’t like a tackle?

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Go and watch the Ross County game – near the end of the first half. Ball bounced edge of their box – closer to Bitton than Ross County player. It was Bittons ball. Bricked it – gave County player the advantage, then Bitton pulled him down.

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Easy way out. Instead of keeping the pressure on, we gave them an easy way out.

     

     

     

     

     

     

    If you don’t think the small details like this matter in matches,you shouldnt get involved in discussions about football.

     

    >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

     

     

    Not only are you an expert on all things football, you are also an expert on all discussions about football.

  26. ERNIE LYNCH on 10TH MAY 2016 10:05 AM

     

     

    While I think it’s a flawed comparison. It does boil it down to the main point – that the creation of Israel was handled incredibly badly from the outset, and pessimist in me might conclude that it’s now so far down the line, the problems it created will never be fixed.

     

     

    Far too many word are written on this conflict are written by people that simply don’t have enough knowledge on it – including me. So I’ll probably leave this topic there. Unless somebody says something blatantly untrue.

  27. Geordie Munro on

    Any player can be a poor footballer if all you are going to do for 90mins is look for all his faults and highlight them.

     

     

    HH

  28. timaloy29 sleeps on the heated driveway on

    Difficulty with Michael O’Neill and Roy Keane is that they wouldn’t come til after the Euros

     

     

    Not much use for the qualifiers. Maybe they should just let John Collins get on with it til then.

  29. Canamalar it looks like OCD obsession on

    Israel is a fabrication, the promised land was Judea, religious fanatics with the same mentality of the jihadists brought Israel into existence with the help of the British empire.

     

    There is not time prior to the 20th century that Israel existed except in the ravings of a group of jihadis. If we accept Israel we accept the rights of every religion to impose their “god given rights”.

  30. T B J, Keep politics to yourself,I was led to believe this was a Football Topic Site,and by the way you are not the only one with your views,pro,I r a and all that other nonsense that gets spouted on here from time to time,so leave your politics at the door,

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