Historic Vatican visit represents us all


I like David Turnbull, when given a chance, he does a job for Celtic and he has a role to play in this season’s title race.  But talk about AC Milan being interested in him is surely fanciful.  Scots have done well in Italy recently, David could thrive there, but the demands at Milan would not make that city an easy place to prosper.

The Vatican is the most inspiring place I have ever visited.  The scale and intricacy of its buildings and statues are unlike anywhere else in the world.  My ‘audience’ with Pope Francis was with several thousand others and from a distance of around 100m.  Still, it was a ‘thing’.

It was an historic occasion when the Celtic party who met the Pope in person yesterday morning.  The doors to the Vatican opened to them because they represent you and me and our club.  He spoke of our founding goal, to “alleviate poverty in the city of Glasgow”.  A timely reminder of the work the Foundation will carry out this winter.

Sorry to hear of the passing of Shane McGowan.  His cover of the Celtic Song was an instant classic.  It’s impossible not to smile when thinking about Shane.

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  1. Celtic Mac



    Not only St Andrews Day, today is also the Centenary of the death of Scotland’s own revolutionary Socialist, Teacher and Celtic Communist, John MacLean, who died aged only 44. A special event, one of many, will be held tonight in Pollockshaws, a song contest, and on January 19 next year, The MacLean Centenary Concert, as part of Celtic Connections at the royal Concer Hall, including such as Eddi Reader and Billy Bragg, and many in between. Not to mention a new collection of poems; ‘Now’s the Day, Now’s the Hour’ Poems for John MacLean.



    Doubt you’ll see a statue of John MacLean in George Square…..




    My local hero C.Mac




  2. glendalystonsils on

    “Rangers boy wonder scores his first professional goal” . Still trying to figure that one out .


    How can you be a ‘boy wonder’ if you’ve never scored a professional goal?

  3. The Blogger Formerly Known As GM on

    As I said last week SMSM were full on hype-a-hun mode.



    SMSM on message – the Hun have no money to buy, so hype what they have.

  4. Prestonpans bhoys on

    The blogger



    I said on SC the other day, I seen bits of two hun games post the mole. I can’t see any significant improvement at all, all I’ve seen is more ridiculous decisions by the mibs!

  5. Back to Basics - Glass Half Full on

    Just back from dinner after sitting up on the roof watching a sunset that only Hans Zarkov (formerly of NASA) could offer any explanation for.



    Well done the Dons.



    Coming back from 2-0 away from home takes guts (and bustin’ of).



    Wish we could do it.

  6. Prestonpans bhoys on

    So the huns will still have euro football post Xmas, if not the EL then the Conference league.

  7. That’s the huns gonny get papped oot 3 European tournaments noo they are heading for the Conference

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    Adi, Jacki, Fourstone



    You’re all at it !



    I’ve just checked BBC Football Home Page.



    It contains TWENTY-FOUR featured articles


    (I checked).



    From their content I can safely surmise that Sevco are not playing tonight.




  9. Back to Basics - Glass Half Full on

    There’s another angle to tonight’s results.



    Three days before the League Cup final Sevco have a tough away match they must try to get something from.



    That same night Aberdeen have a dead rubber at Pittodrie


    (PS – it’s a dead rubber for their opponents too)

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    Aberdeen fielding a weakened team on match day 6 risks the coefficient (see earlier)



    But if I were their manager?



    I’d do it in a heartbeat.

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    Hold that result …….



    Teams are being brought back onto the pitch as the referee wasn’t aware that Sevco were entitled to a penalty

  12. Fully expected them to win comfortably but they were totally clueless. No idea what the plan is. The wonder kid that looks like Gareth from the office is a poor man’s mikey Johnstone.



    Clement may not be the messiah it seems

  13. Still some on here babbling on about us maybe not winning the league.


    One point from six against a team that really looks,and played like the proverbial pub team.


    Tik Tok,added bonus

  14. Prestonpans bhoys on




    Agreed, slightly in his defence if you buy crap players then the greatest manager in the world will fail.



    Must say agree with him talking off tiktok barbie 🧚‍♂️🧚‍♀️🧚

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    This from the Sevco manager five games in to his tenure



    “Things can turn with time. With good recruitment, good training and a feel-good factor around the club. We need to go back to where we were (top of the league) and quickly.”



    This from the pundits about the Sevco manager five games in to his tenure



    “(He) has stabilised the Rangers ship and garnered momentum”



    “(He) continued his perfect start”



    “(He) has turned things around quickly”





    The Sevco manager in question?



    Michael Beale.



    Altogether now SMSM



    yabba yabba yabba yabba yabba yabba yabba yabba yabba yabba yabba yabba yabba yabba yabba yabba yabba yabba yabba yabba yabba yabba yabba yabba yabba yabba yabba yabba yabba yabba yabba yabba yabba yabba yabba

  16. Dare I suggest that SEVCO ‘s apparent lacklustre performance tonight might be down to a deliberate ploy to drop to the conference as they probably believe they have a better chance of success in that tournament …quality of opposition etc ..,and no Liverpool ? 🤔

  17. an tearmann



    Why does that not surprise me big fellah? One hundred years ago today. Great photograph!


    His parents were both Gaelic speakers too, Scots Gaelic I think given his Calvinistic family background, Free Church I think. Glasgow full of statues and streets named after Aristocrats, and tobacco barons et al, but John MacLean lives on one hundred years. Bona fide hero to the working classes of his time. And still.



    Hail Hail

  18. bournesouprecipe on

    Dermot said to the Pope – “Yeh’ll have to get oop verrry earlllly in da mornin ta catch me fadderrrrr, verrry earrrrrllyy in da morrrrnnnin “



    Allegedly CSC

  19. King Charles and Catherine, Princess of Wales as the 2 royals involved in Meghan Markle race-row scandal

  20. hat a poor team we are.



    You have to wonder how Cifuentes and Lammers get in a starting eleven?



    Danilo is not really any better than Dessers.



    Sima had a purple patch but is no better than Matondo who is not great.



    We weren’t great last season but we have lost Morelos, Kent, Arfield, Colak, Sakala and Hagi and replaced them all with inferior players.





    This season will yield nothing good.



    We can see now it was just a “new manager bounce” – nothing more.



    There’s not a hope in hell we’re only 5 points behind on the 30th of December – and I wouldn’t bank on having a cup in the bag either


    And I don’t see anything else but being here again in a year.



    I think we need to punt about half the squad and start again. That team are nothing and after they beat us and seeing a win puts us through and likely as group winners we had no excuse to come out and play like we were frightened. We’re so slow and lack any proper fight or desire. So many players go hiding. Really no one id be sad to see go and I do mean any of them. Hard to see how we turn it around after the last two games when we won’t have that much money to spend and it’ll be difficult to shift most of those we need to.





    Why did anyone think we were going to blow this mob away tonight? We have the same players as the first time we played them. If I never see Cifuentes Lammers and Sima again I’ll be happy. Very poor team devoid of quality and ideas.



    I’m going for a hip replacement next month and I think I could give Cifuentes a yard of a start.





    I genuinely wouldn’t be bothered if any of this squad other than the keeper never played for us again.



    They are a bunch of weak minded, bang average footballers who will get ever manager they play under sacked and will continue to let the club down time and time again.



    The ‘old guard’ are losers. The new signings are losers.



    Could smell that result coming from the very start of the game.

  21. I think it was great that the club’s ethos and history was acknowledged in our Papal audience.


    I was a bit puzzled on the relatively low numbers of players attending (as far as I could see from pics)


    No Joe, Matty O or Kyogo puzzled me for a few secs.


    Would more have attended if it was the Dalai Lama ?


    Anyways, just mental musings.



    KINGLUBO mentioned all the wars caused by religion; surely just as many caused by ego tantrums, power grabs plus oil and resources spats. Not to mention pissing contests such as Las Malvinas.




    I caught their 2nd half; of two average teams (Aris were blowing thru their Aris’s by the end) I thought the buns looked stronger but still toothless.

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