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History calls tonight, with the captain making his 400th Celtic appearance – an astonishing figure in the modern era, while Brendan’s men could equal the Lisbon Lions record of 26 unbeaten domestic games, achieved in season 1966-67.

For me, it’s also the first time I’ve seen Celtic in the flesh in 4 weeks, which itself feels like an historic gap.

Several weeks ago we discussed St Johnstone in the context of being in a league of their own, equally adrift from the top three and those below them, but that’s no longer the case. They are now 3 points behind Hearts with a game in hand, and with the way Hearts results have been heading recently, Saints will fancy their chances of finishing fourth.

After taking points off Aberdeen, Newco and three others in December, the roof fell in on St Johnstone at Dens on Hogmanay. Like all Celtic Park visitors, they will defend deep and play on the counter, but we know the task. Expect history books to be updated later tonight.

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  1. HOT SMOKED on 25TH JANUARY 2017 1:00 PM

     

     

    ‘the population of that time had a far longer attention span than today`s ‘

     

     

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    Scott is out of favour nowadays.

     

     

    Most people today just don’t understand the grip he had on the popular imagination in his own time.

  2. BOBBY MURDOCH'S CURLED-UP WINKLEPICKERS on

    JC2

     

     

    Chelsea are hoping to unload their reserve keeper-Bergovic?-for about £12m.

     

     

    Which in some minds equals 2+2.

  3. The Green Man says SACK THE Board on

    Ernie Lynch

     

     

    I referred to Scots Wha Ha earlier

     

    Burns poetry and song is why he is remembered, however, amid the hatchet job people forget that.

     

    As i said you can select any stereotype you like.

     

     

    Again, Why is Scott is given prominence over Burns in George Sq?

     

     

    HH

  4. BOBBY MURDOCH’S CURLED-UP WINKLEPICKERS on 25TH JANUARY 2017 1:03 PM

     

    Tony Donnelly

     

     

     

    You want to lighten up and get a sense of humour about ye. Try answering posts in the way they are sent instead of hurling insults.

     

     

     

    You’re turning into a tiresome caricature of yourself.

     

     

    I think Iv told/asked you before, if the post is supposed to be funny, stick a :)) at the end.

     

    If it don’t have that? The way I was brought up its a dig.

  5. JAMESGANG:

     

     

    Like you my 20’s are a fond adieu, but the memories… Oh would some power the gift give us,

     

    to see ourselves as others see us!

  6. I would much rather have men ask why I have no statue than why I have one.

     

    Marcus Porcius Cato

  7. THE GREEN MAN SAYS SACK THE BOARD on 25TH JANUARY 2017 1:07 PM

     

     

    Why not?

     

     

    At the time Scott was more prominent, and had had greater influence on public affairs, and the popular imagination, than Burns.

     

     

    That’s not a comfortable view nowadays. But we shouldn’t judge the past by our own contemporary views.

  8. FAVOURITE UNCLE on

    right bhoys n’ghirls a wee question .when in LISBON next may would you rather spend the day with BRTH or THE BARD OF CHATEAU DU LAIT.????????/

     

     

    don’tblamemeformoronsCSC

  9. The Green Man says SACK THE Board on

    Hot Smoked

     

     

    George Sq….Is an Imperial landscape.

     

    Its a homage to the Protestant and Hanoverian Succession.

     

    Id smash all the statues, apart from Burns.

     

     

     

    HH

  10. Right. Enough about Burns and statues for the moment. What about tonight`s team ?

     

    Gordon

     

    Gamboa Simunovic Svietchenko Tierney

     

    Forrest Brown Armstrong McGregor Sinclair

     

    Dembele.

     

     

    Izaguirre for Tierney,Roberts for Forrest and Griffiths for Dembele as and when it suits.

     

    That, of course, is my selection. I think Brendan might go for Biton ahead of McGregor. I can cope with that !

     

     

    JJ

     

     

    JJ

  11. The Green Man says SACK THE Board on

    Ernie Lynch

     

     

    I wouldnt disagree too much.

     

    However, i think Scott produced the myth of Scotland in his work, Burns portrayed the reality.

     

    And of course…..Class and religious prejudice rears its head.

     

     

    HH

  12. THE GREEN MAN SAYS SACK THE BOARD on 25TH JANUARY 2017 1:16 PM

     

     

    Why not just demolish Glasgow?

     

     

    If you were to remove all vestiges of the slave trade and the empire there wouldn’t be much left.

     

     

    It is what it is.

  13. The Green Man says SACK THE Board on

    Ernie Lynch

     

     

    And why not indeed, lets start at ipox:)

     

    Should these remnants of blood and murder be ignored?

     

    Not at all.

     

    Mind you, they serve as a reminder.

     

     

    Let me think it over:)

     

     

    HH

  14. JAMESGANG:

     

     

    One day I’ll tell you my stories, and in between I’ll laugh at yours.

     

     

    Growing up free should be a human right. Once you hit 30’ish the bank own your rights.

  15. Oh no ML reported to be missing from tonights team, hope he’s not got newcontractities as he’s hardly missed a game so far, only saying.

  16. KITALBA on 25TH JANUARY 2017 1:27 PM

     

     

    Well if it wasn’t for the markets created by the empire there wouldn’t have been the need for Irish immigrates, so in all probability, no Celtic.

  17. The Green Man says SACK THE Board on

    TD67

     

     

    Nothing wrong with smashing a few statues:)

     

    Bibles?….I dont believe in such nonsense, but can we burn them on a Wednesday, im usually free then:)

     

     

     

    HH

  18. Hunderbirds are Gone on

    Just hope oor central defenders urny looking like statues if St Johnstone get a corner tonight.

  19. Burns getting a raosting on the day he deserves a toasting.

     

     

    Around a couple of decades ago I discovered in my late grandfather’s attic two tomes dating back a couple of hundred years – complete works of Burns with appendages, etc.

     

     

    Offered £280 for them at the time at a local auction house, a very gracious Glasgow book dealer later informed me they were around 7-10 times that value but he didn’t have the cash or contacts to deal.

     

     

    So I kept them, safe, but unread.

     

     

    Another decade on, in a fit of curiosity, I decided to through them over a period of time such as this – dark winter’s nights, across the Burns celebrations. I covered about 70% of his material and the enlightening additions by notable luminaries such as Lord Byron.

     

     

    One thing became clear – the Burns of Scottish mainstream legend is pretty well removed from the mind that speaks through the actual works. I recall being amazed at the dynamic ‘Scots Wa hae’ and finding out the details of the phrenology carried out on Burn’s skull after his death in a bizarre attempt to quantify his genius.

     

     

    And genius he was – a John Lennon of his time, sadly portrayed nowadays as the carousing poetic bedlamite to suit the fantasies of fat wee masonic kilt-wearing cooncilors so they can get pished-up at the boolin’ club and toast the Bard as ‘one of their own.’

     

     

    No he wasn’t.

     

     

    The stuff that’s regurgitated now – the moose, wee wullie winkie – is like remembering McCartney for the Frog Chorus. His real work – his sublime, agitating verse in that sardonic voice of his day – is too edgy for those muppets keen to quell the rebelious undertones of it.

     

     

    Were you at the game, caller? – Have you actually read deeper any of Burns’ works, caller?

     

     

    I ignore the buffoonery of Burns’ suppers and prefer to think of Burns as a rockstar out of time; the man had wit and a wicked grasp of the zeitgeist, allied with a talent for metaphor; to deride him through the prism of the 21st century information age because of the banalities of a lifetime’s media caricature is to miss the fine gift of his artistry completely.

     

     

    You’d be as well dismissing John Lennon as a busker who got a lucky break.

     

     

    Anyway, onto the fitba’ an Young Dallas – the sleekit jakey whistler’s wean fae the D’eils baws who’ll govern the Hooped cause tonight wi’ his paw’s een and his masonic spleen.

     

     

    (see what I did there, Burns’ fans?)

  20. The Green Man says SACK THE Board on

    Ernie Lynch

     

     

    The ‘Heart of Midlothian’

     

    Scotts depiction of the ‘Porteous Riots’

     

     

     

     

    HH

  21. The `impartial` BBC site, in` promoting`tonight`s game has a headline photograph of Scott Brown in what looks like a nasty tackle from behind against St Johnstone`s David Wotherspoon.

     

    It is simply not possible for me to conclude other than that it is yet another deliberate attempt to paint any aspect of Celtic in a bad light if this is how they decide to depict Scott on the day of his 400th Celtic appearance.

     

    Shameful.

     

     

    JJ

  22. ERNIE LYNCH:

     

     

    Mate, honestly, I agree with you on so much, but that was the way of the world back then. We have evolved as individuals and as society. Some for the better, some for the worse.

     

     

    I personally, after reading you on here for years, would happily share a lifeboat with you.

     

     

    Don’t look back in anger.

  23. @Sandman..Passionate post my man…..Each to his own.

     

    Never really got Burns ,He’s never moved me…..

     

    Now John Donne on the other hand can really stir the emotions.

     

     

     

     

     

    H.H.

  24. On the Burns discussion,had to laugh at the modern day Masons trying to steal “A MANS A MAN FOR AWE THAT”as their Masonic anthem.One of the greatest songs ever written.Should have been the Labour Parties anthem.No shame whatsoever.Personally,I love Burns.

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