Getting ready for our summer panic


We have a curious end of season coming up.  Out of the Scottish Cup and a matter of weeks away from securing the league, the last six weeks of the season will hold no competitive challenge for Celtic.  Neil Lennon has suggested he will, as last season, rest players with next season’s Champions League qualifiers in mind.

The end of last season, however, was complicated by the Scottish Cup Final, so players were spared in small numbers, for short periods.  There is no reason why we cannot give players the equivalent of their summer break the day after the title is secured, on the basis that they return earlier than normal, to build competitiveness before we experience our annual fright against a team we need to look up in order to spell.

Send them away as soon as possible, do a Kenny and play the promising youth players, and get the first team back very early.

Congratulations to Patrick Kerr, who was at table 16 at CQteN, and who has won a Champagne lunch for two at The Honours restaurant, Edinburgh.  The Honours is owned by Michelin Star chef, Martin Wishart.  It will be a great experience, Patrick.  We’ll be in touch by email.

Seville – The Celtic Movement, is moving…

““Look at that old bloke there in the full kit. He looks like a Subutteo man”. Turned out it was my dad and we hugged and shed a tear. We were altogether as most of the guys from our CSC had met him and heading to a European final. Our CSC was 5 years old. We had our flag and we were ready to watch our team lift the cup.”

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    Boohoo,I was looking forward to a picnic,but read it wrong.

  2. tommytwiststommyturns on

    BRTH – yer dad sounded like a man you don’t meet everyday. Cherish your memories of the good times.







    Very sad to hear of Mr McGinley’s death.



    His was a life well-lived,by all accounts.



    His family and friends have my sincere condolences.



    R I P

  4. BRTH,



    Sincere Condolences on the loss of your Dad.



    My Thoughts and prayers are with you.






  5. blantyretim is praying for the Knox family on




    sad day today, God Bless…



    RIP James McGinley

  6. Rest in Peace James McGinley.


    BRTH, condolences to you and your family.



    I hope to read or hear more about your Dads exploits soon.



    A life well lived.

  7. leftclicktic We are all Neil Lennon on

    RIP James McGinley.




    Thoughts & prayers with you and yours at this time.



    Till later all

  8. BRTH



    Sincere condolences on the sad passing of your Dad.



    Thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.



    RIP James McGinley.

  9. BRTH,condolences to you and your family. Sound like he was a great man who lived a full life by the stories you tell about him.




  10. I hope BRTH won’t mind me posting this:



    Shameless re-post here.



    Some friends of mine have organised a night in the Celtic Social Club on London Rd on Fri 4th April. Its basically a night to celebrate the life of their uncle, Richard McKenna, who died recently. Originally a Glasgow bhoy who moved to San Francisco and was instrumental in the San Francisco CSC hosting 2 of the NAFCSC events in recent years.



    There’s plenty guest speakers and photo opportunities – along with CQN stalwarts and Celtic Legends John Fallon and Tom Boyd! – and there’s food too.



    Tickets are £25 a head with all money raised going to The Kano Foundation.



    Here’s the link for anyone interested:









  11. BRTH,



    Sincerest condolences.


    Your father seemed to be a great influence and a extraordinary man. May he rest in peace.




  12. Deepest condolonces to BRTH and family on the passing of your father.



    May he rest in eternal peace.

  13. A Ceiler Gonof Rust on

    Brogan Rogan Trevino and Hogan, truly sorry to read of the passing of your father. Sincere condolences to you and all your family.




  14. 67Heaven ... I am Neil Lennon, supporting WEE OSCAR..!!.. Ibrox belongs to the creditors on

    Brogan Rogan



    Sincere condolences on your very sad loss……..God’s strength to you and all your family

  15. BRTH


    My thoughts are with you and your family, at this sad time.


    RIP James McGinley

  16. antipodean red on




    Jim, sincere condolences to you and your family on the loss of your Dad. May he rest in peace.



    Antipodean Red

  17. jinkyredstar cuts it back for Neil Lennon on

    BRTH – to-day is the 11th Anniversary of my Dad’s funeral. My thoughts are with you and your family.



    All I can say is that the memories stay with you and are a great source of strength over time.



    RIP James

  18. (with all respect to BRTH / James McGinley)



    Libertadores round up.





    Shock result of the night was Zamora stealing a point against last year’s beaten semi-finalists, Santa Fe. That group ( Grp 4) now shaping up to be a real cracker.



    Anyway, here’s a resumé of how last night’s games went……



    National (Urg) 0 Atletico Nacional (Col) 1


    Maybe because of a lack of three of their regular midfield, but National were just not in this one and looked particularly defensively poor.



    Atletico were by FAR the better team and dominated throughout. Goal coming from keyman Edwin “El 10” Cardonna.



    Atletico now very much in the hunt for a QF place, National pretty much oot.



    U.Chile (Chi) 1 Real Garcilaso (Per) 0


    La U dominated this match without making any real impression against a lackluster Garcilaso. Only goal of the game coming from midfield pivot’s, Jhonny Herrera, penalty.



    Garcilaso now need miracles to make the next stage and, based on this form, La U will be there just to make up the numbers



    Botafogo (Bra) 1 Independente de Valle (Equ) 0


    When your keeper (Jefferson) wins MOTM and you’re at home, you know you’ve not played well. ‘fogo were clueless in this one and have an early, well taken, Ferreyra header to thank for the “Get outta jail”.



    IDV by far the better team, especially in the second half with the forward trio of Gonzalez, Guerrero and Sornoza looking particularly sharp.



    ‘fogo could qualify with a win in their next home match against Union Espanola, Apr 2nd. However, they need to sort out a fundamental lack of movement, width and general creativity in their play. I wouldn’t be surprised to see manager Hungaro move on if they continue like this.



    Santa Fe (Col) 2 Zamora (Ven) 2


    By all accounts this was probably the best game of the night. Santa Fe opened the scoring early thru Omar Peréz. Then Zamora put the cat amongst the pigeons by taking a two goal lead with two well taken goals from Falcón. Omar Peréz then squaring it late on.



    With Atletico-MG favourites for a win tonight against Nacional, this results now blows this group wide open.



    Velez Sarsfield (Arg) 2 The Strongest (Bol) 0


    Velez pretty much dominated this game with Strongest keeper, Vaca and central defenders, Garrera and Lopez having a particularly good game.



    However, two quick goals at the 80min mark from Pratto and Correa sealed the game for Velez.



    Lucas Pratto, the more I see the more I like. A man who proves that those XXS fitba taps are not just for baw faced, pie munchin, fat bassas in the stand!



    Santos (Mex) 3 Dep Anzo (Ven) 0


    With goals from Andres Renteria, Oribe Peralta and Javier Orozco, Santos are now virtually qualified for the next stage as leader of Group 8 with 10 points.



    Santos pressed hard against an Anzo team who seemed bereft of any ideas and they hardly troubled Santos, all night. Fair to say that the scoreline could’ve been more.



    A preview of tonight’s games later on………..

  19. BRTH.


    Sad day for you and your family, be assured we share your sorrow.


    Prayers offered to you all.


    God Bless.



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