Fixtures in 2003, 2008, and 19th C Glasgow


The mind is a remarkable thing.  If you ask around, you’ll find Celtic fans tell you we played Boavista in the Uefa Cup semi-final in Porto on the Thursday night, before going to Ibrox on the Saturday (it was the Sunday).

Similarly, Barry Ferguson is mumping his gums without restrain today, complaining about Rangers fixtures in May 2008.  Rangers were due to play a ridiculous number of games in May due to qualifying for the Scottish Cup and Uefa Cup finals, while catching up on postponed fixtures.

The SPL decided to accommodate them by extending the league programme until two days before the Scottish Cup final.  This final was on the last possible date before clubs were ordered to release players for that year’s Uefa European Championships, which started 14 days later.

This season has echoes of 2008 but nothing more.  Whereas clubs would have been forbidden from using certain players after the date of the Scottish Cup final in 2008, under current proposals for this year, the second bottom club from the Premiership and qualifier from the Championship will need to retain a number of players beyond their contract end date of 31 May.

Retaining players beyond 31 May will cost clubs money, and players could theoretically refuse to extend their season by a few days, which is this season’s problem.  2008’s problem was a hard deadline imposed by Uefa with no extensions possible.  The decision was out of the SPL’s hands.

Great article on the club site today marking Br. Walfrid’s passing and the struggles faced by our forefathers in the late 19th Century.  The news that the Foundation are feeding 500 of Glasgow’s homeless today continues the momentum from Wednesday night.  Well done to all involved.

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  1. I said I wasn’t chasing it…



    Damn you Starry Plough… not literally.!



    Ayrshire is Green and White

  2. As I was watching that 4-4 game I posted, I noted that the World Class Davey Cooper was on the subs bench, funny that eh? Him being world class an awe that.


    Another fekin myth.

  3. Ten years ago today my old man passed away, he introduced me to Celtic and more importantly to our way of life as Celtic Supporters, he was fond of saying to me when I went on my travels remember you represent Celtic and today we see the Celtic way of charity, humanity and compassion at work as maybe never before.



    My old man would have been terribly saddened to see the advent of food banks in our home town having escaped the poverty of Ireland for Scotland in the 50’s. He would also have been active I’m sure to comabt such a state of affairs



    Da’ if you’re looking in, yer team are on the cusp of a treble and yer grand weans are a re credit tae ye..



    Long May You Run Irish Bill ma Da…



    Your first podium Da’




    Buncrana CSC

  4. Awe_Naw_No_Annoni_Oan_Anaw_Noo on




    you podium tart.



    He wont need that much once ST sales are in and they are back in the SPL. I bet you that has already been negotiated. The SFA will remove Ashley from the scene when he is no longer needed.




  5. tonydonnelly67


    13:31 on


    17 April, 2015



    As I was watching that 4-4 game I posted, I noted that the World Class Davey Cooper was on the subs bench, funny that eh? Him being world class an awe that.


    Another fekin myth.




    Just another example of the huns’ capacity for self-delusion. Cooper was a decent skillful player – nothing more. Mind you, if you’re used to watching the kind of agricultural cluggers they employ then maybe in their eyes he was akin to Pele…?

  6. starry plough



    13:34 on 17 April, 2015






    Well done, and cheers to yer Da.

  7. Awe_Naw_No_Annoni_Oan_Anaw_Noo on





    sorry …we wete writing simultaneously




    No disrespect to your Da.




  8. Awe_Naw_No_Annoni_Oan_Anaw_Noo



    ST sales hmmmm then it’s still only a month to month existence, no amount of gerrymandering can make up for the basic lack of decent funds, they may stumble in to the top division but I can’t personally see them making any kind of fist of it without serious cash to back them..



    We’ll see..



    PodiumTart CSC

  9. When Henrik was in town he was given an honourary degree by Strathclyde university……



    In reprisal Barry Ferguson was given an honorary O level from Larkhall academy



    Fact :-)

  10. How do all these adverts get into the site. I don’t suppose CQN is being paid for them, just asking. I’am not what they call inernet literate (is that the right wording ???)

  11. starry plough



    “Long May You Run Irish Bill ma Da


    Your first podium Da’”



    He would be soooooooooooo proud of his fine bhoy in so many ways.


    till we meet again



  12. South Of Tunis on

    Interesting item on Sicilian radio re 67 year old Blackpool FC fan being forced to cough up 25 k ( in preference to legal action) re online comments re the owners of Blackpool FC.

  13. leftclicktic



    Aye and he would have had plenty to say as well:))



    Have a good day the day, I’m in the house and it’s bucketing down, no place I’d rather be the day.:))

  14. Have to agree with the comments from our esteemed posters earlier


    Compared to the hammer throwers the Huns have watched over the years cooper was positively world X1 by comparison





    Difficult to complain about wee Bazza’s selective memory,mate. He had the same problem wi Hector.



    Still has. Not his fault. After all,the same problem afflicts the president of the SFA.



    What does piss me off is their constant repetition of-we didnae get an extension in 2008.



    They did. They just didnae get another one.





    I saw Cooper’s famous goal against us. I applauded.



    It was only the Glasgow Cup,mind. Doubt I’d have done so for a proper game…

  17. thomthethim for Oscar OK


    13:49 on


    17 April, 2015



    There ye go!



    Five minutes after posting the NA appears.




    NegAnon? Mibbe he’s stalking you…! :-)))

  18. tomtheleedstim on

    Last call – a few months ago one of CQN’s finest took claim to a picture i have to raise money for charity. I cannot for the life of me remember who it was, sorry.


    The picture is one of a limited edition of Billy McNeill’s all-time Celtic XI.


    I offered to deliver it up a few months ago but was told to hang on to it until the New Year (2015). I’ve posted here a couple of times asking for the gentleman to step forward but haven’t heard anything.


    If I don’t get the claim by tomorrow I will donate it to one of several fundraising events which are Celtic related that I keep seeing on Twitter or perhaps CQN’s own Mary’s Meals project.


    So, who’s Spartacus?

  19. Awe_Naw_No_Annoni_Oan_Anaw_Noo on




    Yeah 2.3 years of hand to mouth medocrity but with masons in situ




  20. prestonpans bhoys on




    I seem to recall that they cancelled a game against the mighty Gretna!

  21. jude2005 is Neil Lennon \o/ on




    He was a good old Bhoy. Backed me singing many a time!! Drunk and sober!! ps the both of us!! lol

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