History calls tonight


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. The Green Man says SACK THE Board on




    Spot on.


    Rabbie penned that as a tribute to the principals of the French revolution.


    The handshakers hijacked it to suit their purposes.




  2. Hoping for a great performance tonight!



    Here is my latest. About the most amazing transfer saga of all time…



  3. There is no Robert Burns monument in Moscow.


    On the similar note-Robert Burns monument is in Tallin (Estonia) in the same place where you can find Admiral Edwyn Sinclair and Sean Connolly monuments.

  4. Rabbie Burns ?



    Oh what a sleekit, horrible beastie


    Lurks in yer stomach efter a feastie


    As ye sit doon amang yer kin,


    There starts to stir a michty wind.



    The neeps and tatties and mushie peas,


    Stert workin like a gentle breeze


    But soon the puddin’ wi’ the sonsie face


    Will hiv ye blawin’ a’ ower the place.



    Nae matter whit the hell ye dae


    A?’body’s gonnae huv tae pay


    Even if ye try tae stifle,


    It’s like a bullet oot a rifle.



    Haud yer bum tight tae the chair


    Tae try tae stop the leakin’ air.


    Shift yersel’ fae cheek tae cheek


    An’ pray to God it disnae reek.



    But a’ yer efforts go assunder,


    Oot it comes like a clap o’ thunder.


    It ricochets aroon’ the room,


    Michty me! A sonic boom!



    God almighty, It fairly reeks


    (I hope a hivnae’ shit ma breeks)


    Straight tae the bog ah better scurry


    Aw whit the hell, It’s no ma worry.



    A’body roon’aboot me’s chokin’


    Wan or twa are nearly bokin’.


    Ah’ll feel much better fur a while,


    Ah cannae help but raise a smile.



    ‘Twis him!! Ah shout, wi’ accusin’ glower.


    Alas, tae late. He’s jist keeled ower.


    ‘Ye mingin’ clert!’ They shout and stare.


    Ah amnae welcome ony mair.



    Where e’er ye be, Let yer wind gang free


    (Sounds jist the job fir thee an me)


    Whit a fuss at Rabbies pairty


    Ower the sake o’ wan wee ferty.

  5. The Green Man says SACK THE Board on

    Ernie Lynch



    Yes, and maybe masons come from different social backgrounds.


    Also…The Hanoverian and Protestant Succession put a rather different slant on Scottish Freemasonry in comparison.


    And, they like to referee football matches as well:)




  6. Cadizzy


    Good to see you posting .


    I read a part of that article but was not impressed. Maybe I should have read the Comments.


    Anyway, I have to ready myself for departure to Celtic Park via the ACGR homestead.


    Cheerio for now,



  7. The Green Man says SACK THE Board on




    Servants of the Crown


    Its all about keeping things like they were in 1701


    Protestant supremacy.


    You know the rest.




  8. Hot Smoked



    enjoy your journey and the game. Will be up at the weekend and next Wednesday so three in one week would have been frowned upon




    Robert Burns, man or myth?



    Depends of course who you read. I will say this, in George Square, who is given prominence of place? Why of course, its Walter Scott.



    *Interesting comment, first of all growing up Burns wisnae taught in the Catholic schools in Dumbarton or the Vale of Leven, incidentally the only Burns I knew where all mad Tims.



    One January 24th day while in the primary we got sent hame tae ask our parents for a Burns poem.



    Those who did come back with a piece of prose it was “wad some power the giftie gie us to see oursels as ithers see us! That’s all our parents knew.



    As for Scott, I was led tae believe that the one of the reasons that the ethnic cleansing/potato blight never took off in Scotland was as a result of his romanticising of the heilans in his novels which allegedly prompted the lowlander Scot to reach out and provide aid to their northern compatriots, that is the ones that wurnae hounded across the Atlantic tae the Maritmes.



    Scott was also a goatshagger but only joined after the death of his father, in the same ludge as well.



    As much as some of us, me included, treated rabbie with disdain, one of his verses is sung worldwide at midnight on Hogmanay.



    Oh and why are there streets named after him and his lemon curd in Tim Clydebank.

  10. A stranger to Glasgow met his pal at Central Station. It was obvious that someone had recently punched his face.


    His pal asked, “What on earth happened to you then?”


    The chap replied, “I’ve no idea why, but a barmaid just belted me in the face! I was just killing a bit of time in a pub and my luggage bag was in the way, so I asked the barman if he would mind keeping it behind the bar. He was happy to do this for me. When I went back to collect it later, this barmaid was on duty. All I said to her was, ‘Any chance of getting my holdall?’ and she hit me!”

  11. The Battered Bunnet on

    Cadizzy? You’re not Cadizzy. Don’t be ridiculous.



    Cadizzy wears a yellow cagoule.

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    Tontine Tim



    There is a lot in what you say.


    Scott’s myth of Scotland and Scottish culture did have its impact.


    I think Burns celebration of the common man and woman didnt appeal to the likes of Scott, who was known to oppose political and social reform and was a major propagandist for Crown.


    A contrasting view of what Scotland was, and is.


    I prefer Burns to the fakery of Scott…..not to say Scott didnt have his own literary talents.


    Poor Rabbie.




  13. Paul67 et al



    Far be it for me to undermine the efforts of the Lisbon Lions, or of Brendan’s Celtic team, but as far as I am concerned that 26 game domestic run was eclipsed by Martin O’Neill’s 2003-2004 by a greater unbeaten run in the SPL which included 25 consecutive league wins. Martin’s record of over 70 league matches unbeaten at Celtic Park 2001-2004 is also worthy of mention. Brendan has a long way to go to match either of those records.

  14. Rumours from The Fitbaw Gospel that Celtic have bid £8m for Bojans… Don’t know the site don’t know if it’s accurate or not

  15. The Battered Bunnet



    Whether you wear a geeky yellow cagoule or a cool leather bomber jacket or even a beyond cool battered bunnet, it makes no difference as a man’s a man fur aw that.

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    Cannot see that at all.


    Is he even worth that?





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    I could maybe imagine a 4 million bid for Bojan.


    That would be about it.


    I question how good he is.


    Always injured is he not?






  18. I don’t watch much English football and have no idea how good he is but £8m sounds pretty over the top for our budget..

  19. The Battered Bunnet on

    One of the unexpected joys of Kindle is the publishing of post-copyright books, which can be downloaded for 1p.



    I like to gorge on them, and spent a fruitful time getting through a bundle of Walter Scott’s books. I recommend them to the CQN book worms.



    Scott was a complex guy, with but perhaps not fully of his time. I didn’t appreciate that his first book – Waverley – was published anonymously, and subsequent books “by the Author of Waverley”.



    Given the sensitivity of the material he dealt with, it’s perhaps not surprising that he/his publisher chose to remain anonymous: He was by no means writing with a mainstream point of view.



    Which makes his later history of Scotland – Tales of a Grandfather – remarkable for the conspicuous absence of the origins of the language and culture of the Gaelic Scots. He gave a sympathetic treatment to the Gaels and Catholics in his fiction, and highlighted the contradictions and inhumanities of Reformed Scotland and the awkward Union.



    His history however (and the book was a standard text in Scotland as recently as the 1970s) completely overlooked the migration of the Scots, their language and their culture, from the north of Ireland to the west of Scotland and beyond. The genesis, culture and presence of the Gaels, whom he helped caricature in tartan pageant, was apparently an accident of unwritten history.



    Scott lived and wrote in strained and constrained times. It’s a curiosity that his fiction was considerably less constrained than his historical writing.



    Setting aside the context and challenges of his times, I recommend his novels wholeheartedly.

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    Stoke seem to have a few hit and miss flair players….they can be good or awful.


    How would Bojan fit into brendan’s work ethic?


    Just cant see it.




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    Tontine Tim @ 2 27 .



    Robert Burns / Jean Armour @ Clydebank .



    Same area also includes a Mossgiel and a Kirkoswald.



    Fond memory of a Radio 4 item re a housing development in Birmingham which had gone fora Brit planes and pilots theme – hence Hawker Drive , Hurricane Drive , Concorde Avenue etc – -and this -Bader Walk !

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    I referred earlier to Scott’s ‘Heart of Midlothian’


    His depiction of the ‘Porteous Riot’ and the Edinburgh mob is fascinating.





  23. Chip wrappers shooting about in the dark again, I have faith in BR to go after the players we require and move on those who are not in his plans, he is well aware of the importance of CL qualification hence his statement on the international in June, he is building the squad to give us the best chance of success and will succeed if backed.

  24. James1955


    Brilliant, we’ve all been there.


    As Burns wrote: where ere ye be let yer wind gan free


    In church or chapel just let it rattle.

  25. The Battered Bunnet on




    Yip, he seemed to be fairly relaxed taking on contentious topics in his work. THoM is a good example and a terrific read.

  26. HOT SMOKED on 25TH JANUARY 2017 1:39 PM



    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.









    Yet they will have their photographer at the match tonight while CQN remains excluded from just the one stadium in Scotland – Celtic Park. Go figure…

  27. Imo


    Burns was a Genius!


    Broonie gave us one of the most iconic moments of a generation when he created ” the Broonie” in front of that little sh1t EHD at Ibrokes. Loved it. Hope he gets the reception he deserves tonight.


    Sure he will.


    One more step tonight! History in the making.



    On another tack I enjoy the hooks TD67 throws, but guys think you shouldn’t jump on them quite so easily! :))))



  28. Bolt! Ya rocket?



    Usain Bolt has lost his 4x100metres relay gold medal from the 2008 Beijing Olympics as a result of Jamaica team-mate Nesta Carter being disqualified for a doping violation, the International Olympic Committee has announced.



    Usain Bolt is no longer a triple-triple Olympic champion after his Jamaican sprint relay team-mate Nesta Carter was disqualified from the 2008 Games for failing a drugs test.



    The 31-year-old Carter ran the first leg in the 4×100 metres relay in Beijing, helping Jamaica to a new world record of 37.10 seconds and Bolt to his third Olympic gold medal.




    But the International Olympic Committee has now stripped the Jamaicans of that victory after a re-analysis of Carter’s anti-doping sample tested positive for the banned stimulant methylhexaneamine.



    More to follow.

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