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  1. CELTIC THE EARLY YEARS

     

     

    best present this year by far, fascinating book, an incredible amount of research has went in. Many new discoveries for myself and almost a “i didnt know that moment on every page”,

     

     

    the last few years I have been at several matches at crownpoint.

     

     

    the book tells me that the original saint marys hall , sat to the left of the south goalposts. so i have stood in the very spot that celtic were born,

     

     

    i like that.

  2. saltires en sevilla on 28th December 2015 9:16 am

     

    BMCUW

     

     

    Good post – 54% wins is not good enough

     

     

    The fitness issue is a massive cause for concern. One of the areas we should be ahead on is sports science given the facilities we have available. We could always run for 95 minutes, minimum. As much part of the fabled Celtic Way, as the attack, attack, attack mantra.

     

     

    *during the centenary season wee doddie remarked that when other teams are in the bath Celtic are still playing.

  3. ItaliaBhoy on 28th December 2015 9:30 am

     

    Whilst there were more pleasing aspects to yesterday’s match, the performance did little to convince me that we are back on track.

     

     

    On top of that, we are completely toothless up front without Griffiths, and without Brown we lack steel in midfield. Ronnie must address these areas in January – if he doesn’t – if he really thinks a draw at Swinecastle is a good result – then he is even more out of his depth than I thought.

     

     

    *what Ronny says in public and in private re 2 different things, a bit like MON on arriving at CP stating the zombies were the benchmark while in the dressing room he was telling a shell shocked group of players we would win the league.

     

     

    I’d rather he said things like he thought we played good than castigating the players and telling them they were Raphael.

     

     

    I was in management for years and one thing I learned was in treating each of the employees differently. I got that fae Big Jock who would put his arm around wee Jinky but his toe up the Bear’s erse.

  4. Canamalar it looks like OCD obsession on 28th December 2015 10:24 am

     

     

    I’d hoped for a bit more consistent sometimes after the 18 month mark, then I read his last team did not click till 24 months into it, Celtic you’d think are a bigger prospect and proportionally, that 24 months might work on a pro data basis, so how many months over the 24 month mark should oh wait

     

     

    *He already has a double under his belt and we are still enroute for a treble.

     

     

    As for Europe, apart from a few great nights we stopped being a top European side in 1974 after the argies in athletico strips kicked us of the park.

     

     

    And FFS please don’t mention Seville, apart from a great day out we lost, no different tae Milan in 1970. Aye we should have won both games but we didnae.

  5. kitalba on 28th December 2015 11:44 am

     

    I’m glad Bosman wasn’t the miserable sort. Bosman was a fighter who actually thought, feck I am a fighter, let me fight for the right to be equal… TO BE EQUAL.

     

     

    *aye and what happened tae him. He took on the big boys and eventually lost.

     

     

    After winning 20 caps at youth level he played only 17 games for another 4 clubs, ended up bankrupt and was sentenced to a year in prison following an assault on both his girlfriend and her daughter allegedly over his then girlfriend’s refusal to give him an alcoholic drink.

  6. Cowiebhoy on 28th December 2015 11:48 am

     

     

    How often do we need to see players being played in positions which does not suit them ?

     

     

    *in spite of protests from the fans that he was only a right sided midfielder WGS had Broonie playing all over the midfield in an effort tae turn him intae the perfect midfielder. He’s now the captain of both club and country.

     

     

    Big Jock turned Bobby Murdoch from an average inside forward intae a world class right half.

     

     

    John Clark from an average right half intae a sweeper that made Big Billy the player he became.

     

     

    Big Yogi went fae a frustrating centre forward intae a frustrating (for the defenders that was) left winger. Think oul Jimmy first did that.

     

     

    Bobby Lennox from an average inside forward intae a buzz bomb goal scoring machine.

     

     

    Andy Lynch fae an average left winger tae first choice left back, won 3 League Titles, 2 Scottish Cups, scoring the winner in one of them, and became the club captain. Prior to playing left back Jock tried him out at centre in the reserves and also in a cup tie at Boagheid. He must have seen something in him.

     

     

    I could go on but recall being in the Wexford Club many moons ago and a current at that time Celtic director telling me that Brian McClair thought he was Paul McStay when in fact he was a better goalscorer than midfielder. Looks like Davie Hay was right.

     

     

    BFDJ went fae a useless centre forward tae an equally useless centre half. Oh well you cannae get them all right.

     

     

    It’ all about finding the best positions for some players and you only get that on the pitch and not the training ground.

     

     

    It’s also about playing the only fit and half fit players you have as a result of the hammer throwers who are protected by the Stoßtruppen

  7. Cowiebhoy on 28th December 2015 12:14 pm

     

    Saltines

     

     

    I’m T-Total, and diabetic, so don’t eat chocolate

     

     

    Celtic is my enjoyment :-))))

     

     

    *same here although I still have a wee nibble at tablet.

  8. Cowriebhoy

     

    Spot on about James Forrest. Still seething about the crass foul he conceded.

     

    Well done, Bolton. Blood and thunder giving them first win since Sepember.

     

    I like Darnell Fisher. Wonder why he has played just 3 times for St Johnstone.

     

    Songs of Praise now on BT Sports !

  9. bigshuggy on 28th December 2015 3:07 pm

     

     

     

    Cowriebhoy

     

     

     

    Well done, Bolton. Blood and thunder giving them first win since Sepember.

     

     

    *in he battle of 2 former captains Lenny won, well done and good luck in 2016.

  10. AWE_NAW_NO_ANNONI_OAN_ANAW_NOO on 28TH DECEMBER 2015 3:00 PM

     

    Can anyone name a player that Ronny has developed ? no googling

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Over Christmas I came into contact with many people (young, old , male, female)

     

     

     

     

    Germany, English, French, Polish, Turkish, Swiss

     

     

     

     

     

     

    I asked them to name me one person who is currently employed in Scottish football. A player, a coach, an employee.

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Everyone drew a blank.

     

     

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    thats incredible, dont they know of the world famous magic hatted one ?

  11. ....PFayr supports WeeOscar on

    Callum McGregor …can take a goal and see a pass ….better than many

     

     

    However he can’t or won’t tackle and his tracking back is poor…..he can improve on these with effort and application…up to him

  12. CultsBhoy can not relate to Celtic Board ambitions on or off the park on

    Stubbs has got Hibs wiring in to Sevco. McGeoch being singled out for special treatment.

     

    I don’t see much of Huns so be good to see £5m Lee Walkace in action

  13. CultsBhoy can not relate to Celtic Board ambitions on or off the park on

    Hubs might have players who are technically weaker than their Celtic counter parts but they have better work rate and desire ….

  14. McCall in co commentary lets out a loud groan when Huns miss a sitter somehow can’t see Andy walker doing the same when we pass up a chance

  15. CultsBhoy can not relate to Celtic Board ambitions on or off the park on

    Cummings composed and gives the Hun hordes the ‘sssssshhhhh’

  16. SAINT STIVS on 28TH DECEMBER 2015 3:24 PM

     

    cummings is a better player than cifti

     

     

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    Who izny ???

  17. CultsBhoy can not relate to Celtic Board ambitions on or off the park on

    I’d take a Stubbs / Henke combination

  18. Dallas Dallas where the heck is Dallas on

    Clascitybhoy, I hope you and the family had a great christmas and your new venture is doing well.

     

     

    Good call on Darnell Fisher. He arrived at Celtic as a midfielder but was moved to right back due to injuries in the youth team. I believe St Johnstone have played him in mdfield during his loan.

     

     

    I was impressed with Darnell when he made his debut against Hibs . He appeared to be targetted by Hibs and held his own and did not appear intimdated by it.

  19. CultsBhoy can not relate to Celtic Board ambitions on or off the park on

    Saint Stivs

     

     

    Better than Cifcti..? He must be some player ;-)

  20. CultsBhoy can not relate to Celtic Board ambitions on or off the park on

    Huns equalise with a good finish from Holt

  21. ....PFayr supports WeeOscar on

    1-1

     

     

    McCall is an appalling TV pundit …..it’s BT sport not Rangers TV ….Disgraceful Hun

  22. CultsBhoy can not relate to Celtic Board ambitions on or off the park on

    Defection gives Huns a lead after Hibs denied a penalty.

     

     

    Bobby Madden playing a stormer. McCall virtually orgasmic. Such is his elation