Hoping to see Jullien on the bench


Neil Lennon had the chance to assess players on return to Lennoxtown from international duty this morning but there will be little chance of any meaningful training before Saturday’s game at Easter Road.  Before the international break, the manager suggested Christopher Jullien could be back in contention for this game; it is an enticing prospect.

Christopher was key to much of the success we had last season; without his performances in the Europa League and, of course, that League Cup Final goal, the season would be remembered differently.  Despite that, there is reason to be cautious about his return.  His early season performances last year (Motherwell) and this (Kilmarnock) were well below the standard he reached when fully fit.  Not every player is a natural athlete, some take an extra three weeks to get match sharp, I suspect Chris falls into this category.

Easter Road is a big pitch and Hibernian have not been as encumbered as Celtic by international absences, so they will be rested and ready for the visit of the champions.  Chris has not played in seven weeks, the equivalent of preseason, I hope we see him on the bench.

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    SAINT STIVS on 19TH NOVEMBER 2020 7:33 PM



    Inflatable Jinky’s . Great . Love the one with the scarf and tammy in that pic.

  2. philbhoy



    a lovely dram indeed.


    started buying in a few malt last weekend


    yiv inspired a visit to whisky shop tomorrow.


    ta 😊






    Enjoying it D!



    I would have another one but am driving the wee yin tae the station at half seven in the bliddy mornin’!



    Hope you are good!

  4. Thanks Fritzsong, I was hoping someone would tell me he was a Tim, but I can just imagine him banging out hymns,


    Great voice he’d give Frank Patterson a run for his money.

  5. Northern Ireland is set to face a two-week period of tougher Covid-19 lockdown measures from Friday, 27 November, BBC News NI understands

  6. JOBO BALDIE 7-06pm


    Thanks for earlier reply , I was under the impression that Sturgeon and she alone had taken the decision to postpone our games in August and Paul seemed to imply that in his leader yesterday

  7. I meta good bhoy from donegal last week doing the recycling – he’s hoppin mad about a certain community in NI who use Donegal as a second home tax haven base and don’t follow no guidelines cos the rules don’t apply to them



    COYBIG – all we got’s left is our fight

  8. CorkCelt: I did some research on the “Hacheen Foham Foham” part of the song. It doesn’t sound Gaelic to me but a comment on a Makem & Clancy version of the song on YouTube explains that it means ‘rise and follow’. I’d love to see the Gaelic spelling to be more precise.



    Oh, and happy birthday😂😂😂

  9. CORKCELT at 7:17


    Canon Sydney McEwan was our PP at St Andrews in Rothesay, Isle of Bute in late 70’s, early 80’s. By that time his recording career was over but he did have great success, as Tontine Tim pointed out, in the 60’s.


    His other claim to fame was that whilst PP in South Uist he organised protests against the American base in North Uist, chaining himself to the perimeter of the base – or some such gesture.


    All round good guy and could tell a tale or two.

  10. Almore These are the lyrics, but if you listen the first words sound Hacheen, it might just be my ears but that is what I’m hearing.



    Thá tíghin fodham fodham fodham

  11. Corkie: Thá tíghin fodham fodham fodham



    Thà = tá



    Tìghin= something to do with the verb ‘Tar’/come, I suspect.



    Fodham = fúm? about/ under me



    Probably an expression built around ‘come and follow me ie. rise and follow



    Pure guess work on my part.

  12. Fr.Sydney McEwan;


    Irish mother,Scots father.My late father had recordings of Father Sydney,Teresa Duffy ,Glen Dalyand the Coatbridge accordion band ( In my attic) seem to remember reading i an old Ireland’s Own magazine that Father Sydney elevation to the priesthood during the 1940s was broadcast live on Radio Eireann.

  13. CORKCELT on 19TH NOVEMBER 2020 8:18 PM



    Thanks Fritzsong, I was hoping someone would tell me he was a Tim, but I can just imagine him banging out hymns. Great voice he’d give Frank Patterson a run for his money.



    My mother was a huge fan so I grew up listening tae him, here’s some info snipped fae wiki:



    Canon Sydney Alfred MacEwan (19 October 1908 – 25 September 1991) was a Scottish tenor, who sang traditional Scottish and Irish songs. His name has also been recorded as Alfred Sydney Marley MacEwan.



    MacEwan was born and brought up in the Springburn area of Glasgow by his mother alone, after his father left the family. Sydney was the younger of two brothers. His mother was Irish, from the Portadown area, County Armagh, and his father was born in Partick. The family were poor but Sydney’s mother managed to pay for music lessons for both her sons and both won bursaries to good schools. Sydney attended St Aloysius’ College in Garnethill from 1919 to 1924, before transferring to Hillhead Academy. He also commenced his singing career.



    In 1938 MacEwan retired from concert work, and during World War II was an ambulance driver and an RAF chaplain. He was ordained in 1944 to the Catholic priesthood.



    At the age of 18, Sydney MacEwan entered training to become a Jesuit priest at Manresa House in Roehampton, London, but left after a deeply unsatisfactory first term. He chose to study at Glasgow University instead. He completed a Master of Arts degree at the university.



    Throughout his life MacEwan had retained a deep love of the Catholic Church and, despite his earlier experience with the Jesuits, chose to abandon his fame and success as a world-famous tenor, to enter the Bearsden Seminary in Glasgow before going to Pontifical Scots College in Rome, to follow his vocation to become a priest.



    He was ordained in St Andrew’s Cathedral, Glasgow in 1944 and celebrated his first Mass at St Aloysius’ Church.



    Combining priesthood and music, he undertook tours of North America and Australia, where those concerts helping to provide funding for the building of St Columba’s Cathedral in Oban. He helped with funds to renovate the Church of St Margaret’s in Lochgilphead, in Argyll,where he was parish priest for 17 years.



    In the Scottish summer of 1947, MacEwan arranged for Australian and New Zealand food parcels which he distributed around the parish:



    If these good people could see the poor wee bairns enjoying the contents of the parcels, they would be well rewarded for their great kindness. “It is so heartening to feel that the poor old Mother is being helped in her distress by her young and vigorous children. They have been superb in their charity. God love them all.



    When asked in 1948 the jovial clergyman and singer said:



    Of the two, I think I prefer a concert audience to a congregation. People listen to me more attentively in a concert than in a church.



    However it was quite clear his performances were to fund and secondary to his religious duties, where after ordination he decreed all concert earnings went to charities. MacEwan also rejected the title of a ‘singing priest’.



    After Lochgilphead, he moved to St Andrew’s Church in Rothesay. A stained glass window in the church in Lochgilphead is dedicated to the MacEwan family. His parishioners became accustomed to his concert tours, and enjoyed his return each time.



    In 1977 he was narrowly defeated in the election for Lord Rector of the University of Glasgow. He spent his later years as retired priest, assisting when necessary at Our Lady and St Mun’s church in Dunoon.



    Aged 12, his brother entered him into an end-of-the-pier talent show in Dunoon. Come the Grand Final of the contest at the end of the summer, Sydney was the clear winner, receiving a prize of five shillings and half a crown.



    While at university, his vocal talents were noticed and he began a singing career on the advice of Sir Compton Mackenzie and Irish tenor John McCormack. At this time he came to the attention of the Scottish region of the British Broadcasting Company, and became heavily involved in many broadcasts, specifically the Children’s Hour programme.



    He began recording for Parlophone in 1934 while still attending the Royal Academy of Music in London and being tutored by Plunket Greene.



    He toured in 1936, playing to audiences in Canada, the United States of America, New Zealand, and Australia, and the tour was repeated in 1938.



    Still performing as a priest, MacEwan nonetheless continued to record and tour. Further trips to North America and Australia took place until as late as 1956. At one time he indicated a liking for the style of American crooner Bing Crosby.



    He was featured on the BBC’s This Is Your Life programme in October 1962 and his autobiography, On the High C’s, was published in 1973.



    Sydney MacEwan died in September 1991, aged 82. His funeral was held in St Andrew’s Cathedral, the church where he was ordained. He was survived by a brother.



    In Ireland on the first day of May each year, the popular hymn ‘’Bring flowers of the rarest’’, also known as ‘’Queen of the May’’, sung by MacEwan is played over the radio.

  14. Thanks BhoyJoe.


    Once I heard his voice I reckoned this guy had to be famous, was disappointed with myself that I had not heard of him earlier.

  15. The LP of the Coatbridge according band is in the attic with old Celtic views ,books,match programmes and other stuff I cannot part with.So rest easy chaps,the Coatbridge accordion band are not resident in my home.

  16. Cork Celt:


    Delighted to be of any help,you sure aroused a few folk with that interesting topic.

  17. Well Tontine, I asked a question and I never expected such a comprehensive reply.


    Thanks a million for taking trouble to look that up.


    Father MacEwan has a new fan,

  18. If we were to believe the nuggets at Shortie that the Huns are so good, and that the scouse ned has them firin’ an all cylinders – how come we are breathing down thur necks???

  19. The tighinn fodham – I must ( literally – it is coming under me!)


    Tha tighinn fodham eirigh – I must arise (and follow Charlie).



    From a native Gaelic speaker.



    I wasn’t far off.

  20. ROCK TREE BHOY on 18TH NOVEMBER 2020 3:37 PM



    Retirement, the thing is most probably at this stage you will have been working every single day of your life, be it in Education or Employment – let’s say 50 years – so most of us will have spent the last 50 years on the wee hamster treadmill going round and round. So then you stop one day and just put your feet up? No chance. A 50 year habit ids not going to be broken in 3 months, 6 months even 12 months, but it can be broken, you just have to be patient and as was suggested earlier have a plan of what you might want to do on any given free day.



    *Pretty much sums it up RTB. Most of us spent at least 10 hours a day out of the house, some longer if overtime was involved or where you climbed the corporate ladder and for that healthy cheque plus benefits you conceded your pound of flesh.



    Bob Dylan called it the great American con trick, give a working man enough money tae have a Saturday night out and he’s happy with his life. For us on the other side of the Atlantic a great job was “2 nights late Saturday morning and all day Sunday”.



    Cast your mind back when you were winchin, you couldnae wait tae see each other. I recall a Beach Boys song “wouldn’t it be nice”, about being together all the time or the Mamas and Papas “I saw her again last night” which usually sustained you until your next meet.



    Then marriage comes along and the excitement of having your own house, out shopping and cooking together, all happy days especially when the weans arrived because they were yours.



    I’ve known Mrs TT since she was as the Fureys and Davy Arthur would sing “sweet sixteen”, we’ve came through a lot. As the years move on life changes although we don’t really notice it, you actually see less of each other as you pursue other agendas, for me it was chasing the “big penny” or the “mighty dollar” as they say over here in the fanciful pursuit of happiness.



    We did however enjoy travelling especially long journeys through the eastern seaboard of the States which meant we could be alone again and actually have a conversation.



    And then one day you wake up and the wee dolly bird with the long blonde hair is now someone’s granny.



    You look in the mirror in the morning and that extra fae Quadrophenia is also no longer there and that mop of brown hair, or what’s left of it, has turned intae a whiter shade of pale.



    I recall hearing many years ago that if you survive the first year of retirement then you would be fine, never knew what that meant until I did.



    So when I finally came home one morning for good it all changed, the plans we looked forward tae did not materialise and the main reason was lack of energy. As Dusty used to sing “I just don’t know what to do with myself”, and I didn’t and she wisnae used tae me hanging around the house all day.



    However, as I explained yesterday it did all eventually come together and although we still don’t have the energy there‘s a realisation that these are probably the best years of our life.



    My da was first born Scottish and grew up in an Irish house in Dumbarton, he told me that every night they would all kneel down and say the holy rosary, spent all his younger summers out in Connemara and then when he got older went over tae the family farms in Fermanagh and yet I never heard him sing an Irish song in my life.



    He was a great Celtic supporter and proud of his Irish yet he used tae caution me by saying “you don’t have tae wear green and sing rebel songs tae be a Celtic supporter son”, wisnae actually a “road tae Damascus conversion” though.



    And then on one of her vacations out in Galway his mother passed away, the whole family flew over and granted her dying wish, tae be buried back in Connemara, down at in the old cemetery on the shores of the Atlantic in Ballyconnelly, the road leading to it is called “The Old Bog Road”.



    After that if drink was flowing and songs were being sung that was his party piece.



    So some nights as I lie awake a line fae that song, which is quite germane tae us that are retired, comes tae mind “I take the day for what it’s worth and do the best I can”.

  21. It’s fairly easy to check who caused our two matches to be postponed earlier this season. The First Minister had NO grounds to institure a ban herself. What she does have is political influence and the power to threaten revenge if the appropriate football authorities do not take the action that she wanted to take.



    There is no ambiguity or implication here. The SPFL and SFA agreed with the FM’ suggestion that the two clubs, Aberdeen and Celtic, be punished for the blantant breaches by 8 Aberdeen players and one Celtic player.



    Nicola Sturgeon proposed the punishment.



    The SPFl, who had made no statement on whether postponements were necessary or helpful in either case, quickly worled out that, if they did not do as the FM suggested, then the prospect of ALL football being dicontinued was on the cards. Without the FM’s intervention there would have been no cancellations of Celttic matches as there was no need to do so. No Celtic player (or Killie player) had contracted Covid as a result of Bolingoli’s madness. Games could have proceeded- Killie, in fact, did play 3 days later in Perth. The Celtic squad, with the exception of Boli, had obeyed all Covid restrictions and could have played in the next two fixtures, without Bolingoli.



    Aberdeen were in a different situation in that some of their player did contract Covid as a result of their madness but, even they could have had a squad of players who were not-guilty of breaches and not-infected by Covid. They would have a weakened squad but still a competitive one. As it turned out our second fixture (15th Aug), after the Killie game(9th Aug) was against the Dons- so it is a moot point as to whether that fixture would have gone ahead but there was no Covid reason, other thanfulfilling the FM’s proposed ban, that our match vs St. Mirren on the 12th August was cancelled.



    These are not politically biased interpretations, despite what the McGlashan Tendency on here might like to assert. I have copied a report of how the FM was reported and quoted on the issue below. There is no room for doubt. She ordered these postponements…….with an …. “or else” attached.





    From the 11th August:



    NICOLA STURGEON insists upcoming Celtic and Aberdeen fixtures should be CALLED OFF after footballers breached rules TWICE in the early stages of the new season.



    Now the frustrated First Minister says fans shouldn’t expect to see the Hoops or Aberdeen play in the coming week.



    Ms Sturgeon said: “What I regret is that some football players seem incapable of living up to their responsibilities. I very much regret that.



    “I think my frustration about the Aberdeen Football Club situation was pretty palpable.



    “One of the things we decided to do as a result of that situation on Friday was dispatch Jason to talk to all of the managers and captains to reinforce the importance of the guidance which is in place.



    “While that meeting was in place yesterday, the news came through of the Celtic player who had decided to go to Spain, come home and not quarantine and play a part in a match.



    “This is simply not acceptable. Every day I stand here and ask members of the public to make huge sacrifices in how they live their lives and the vast majority of members of the public are doing that and it’s not easy.



    “We can’t have privileged football players decided they are not doing that and just to decide not to bother.



    This can’t go on. What are we going to do about it? I want to get to a situation here where clubs and players live up to their responsibilities because I don’t want the price of this to be paid by fans who want to watch football even although they can’t go as normal.



    “I don’t want the price of this to be paid by football players and clubs who are living up to their responsibilities. There have been talks ongoing over the course of the morning. Jason has been part of those talks with the football authorities where we’ve given them the opportunity to tell us how they are going to get their house and order and make sure these breaches don’t happen, or when they do, that there are very clear penalties in place for players and clubs.



    “We”ll hopefully say more about those talks later this afternoon. I don’t want the season to be in jeopardy for the reasons I’ve just set out. I don’t want people who are not responsible for this to pay the price. But we have to be very clear that this situation is not acceptable.



    “As a minimum, you should not be expecting Aberdeen or Celtic to play over the course of the coming week and we’ll set out conclusions beyond that.



    “Let me end by putting this as clearly as I can in language that the football world will understand. Consider today the yellow card. The next time it will be the red card because you will leave us with absolutely no choice.”



    Asked if she would consider cancelling the return of football, the First Minister added: “I’d rather focus on trying to persuade football players not to get into this position.



    “Let’s make sure the red card stays in the pocket.



    ” It’s a bit like just now where every day I talk about how it’s down to all of us to keep the virus under control so we don’t have to go back into lockdown or have restrictions in place longer than necessary.



    “Well the same is true of football. It’s ultimately not down to me. It’s down to individual football players to decide whether it means enough to them to keep playing football this season that they don’t go to Spain for however long and come back and put everyone at risk.



    “And they don’t go for a meal on a Saturday night in a city restaurant because actually, as professional footballers, A) they understand their responsibility to the public health of the country. They understand their status as role models to their fan base. But also they actually want to keep playing football which I imagine for every football player is top of their list of priorities. They want to continue playing.”

  22. HH good morning from a very pleasant Friday mornin from sunny West OZ



    from teh previous thread;



    AIPPLE on 18TH NOVEMBER 2020 11:01 PM


    Fitba eh? What a game.


    Trying to read back as I do at this time of night in Louisville after a day dodging Covid in the office. Glad I get to read some great eh, political stuff. Time and again I type out a political response to one or two posts but I delete and read on…. “

  23. A Week of Sensations



    The Celtic club may be pardoned if they reckon the week just finished the most bitter in their varied experience. Not only has the management had to suffer the degradation of a censure and fine because of the indiscretions of hot-headed supporters who can at any moment by an excess of zeal drag a club’s good name through the dirt, but they have witnessed two of their players dismissed from the field for misconduct and insubordination. The new order of things has come with a rush and Celtic are the first to suffer from the alteration. The ebullition of temper which led to cinder throwing on Celtic Park was admitted by the club but it was such a mild affair in comparison with disturbances which have in the past gone without punishment that the severity of the sentence came as a surprise. It, however must be viewed as illustrating the seriousness with which the Referee Committee regard the increasing tendency to rowdyism of all descriptions and it is evidence of the determination of that committee to eradicate the evil if severe measures can eradicate it. The very fact that a prominent club was concerned in the first case the committee had under consideration and that the eminence of the club did not save it, will go far to point the lesson.



    Glasgow Herald 7th October 1907



    Plus ca change




  24. HH good morning from a very pleasant Friday mornin from sunny West OZ


    from teh previous thread;



    “AIPPLE on 18TH NOVEMBER 2020 11:01 PM


    Fitba eh? What a game.


    Trying to read back as I do at this time of night in Louisville after a day dodging Covid in the office. Glad I get to read some great eh, political stuff. Time and again I type out a political response to one or two posts but I delete and read on…. “



    xxxxx xxxxx



    LoL same same, was catching up, all political stuff thought I might add my $0.02 worth. But noticed The Scots playing. once again realized that other folks politics is noone of my beeswax. we live in interesting




    The future is so bright I better wear shades..





    be happy. be well. live in Peace








    Where have the years gone? that old familiar phrase gets a pasting when you meet an old friend,just like on Monday,I was in town when I bumped into a old mate.We were exchanging stories about games we were at in the 60s and 70s, and one topic leads to another.Do you remember so and so with the radio on the boat coming home and radio Luxembourg closedown with ‘At the end of the day’-by-Steve Conway?Ah that was noel Browne, he’s in Australia since mid 60s,and then some one else’s name would surface.Time for a prayer for deceased friends then bed.

  26. I remember going to see an accordion band in an Irish pub (Traynors, I think) in the old Gorbals I wonder if it was some members of the Coatbtidge accordion band.



    The band was I think the Coatbridge accordion band and the Shamrock Rebels I used to have tapes of them, probably up my loft. To be found by some poor bugger when I snuff it along with up to now 30 odd years of family crap.😂



    D :)

  27. some interesting team suggestions, nice to have choice for a change.


    (heheheh C wot i didded there)




  28. SFTB –


    Thanks for digging out the actual quotes. My memory isn’t always the most reliable but when these 2 instances occurred I think a lot of folk feared that the resultant punishments could have been greater. There’s was mention of points deductions or forfeiting games, etc. So ultimately, ‘only’ having the games postponed wasn’t seen by most folk on here as too bad (maybe when we finally play those 2 games our form will be better than it was!)


    It wouldn’t surprise me if the Government saw these breaches as a perfect opportunity to highlight the importance of everyone sticking by the rules, with the players coming from 2 of the higher profile clubs. Whether the actual Celtic player involved was regarded as a role model by many is open to debate. But footballers, in general, are. The football profession worked with the government to come up with a series of protocols (sporting bubbles, regular testing, etc) so that season 2020-21 could get started. I know many folk that aren’t that interested in football (I’m married to one!) who thought that the game of football was being given special privileges that other ways of life weren’t – the old ‘can’t believe football is going ahead and yet I’m not allowed to (e.g.) go to Mass…..get my haircut….etc {apologies if my examples aren’t factually correct as can’t remember what opened up in what order but hope you get my gist].


    So, in that context, when those ‘special treatment’ footballers broke the rules, and fairly blatantly, then I wasn’t surprised that this was taken as an opportunity to ‘show an example’. I do not think it was done, as you suggest, to “make a show of both these clubs”. It was done to get the point over to the general public that everyone is in this together and everyone must be aware of and follow the rules.


    I remember feeling pretty sick in the stomach when learning what our first team player had done. I also remember feeling that I couldn’t argue with the decision to cancel the games at that time.


    If, say Barasic had nicked over to Portugal for a dirty weekend before coming back and playing I believe that similar decisions would have been taken. Of course there’s no way of knowing that but I like to choose my paranoia battles and the early season incident isn’t one of them.


    In other news……..just two more sleeps ;-)

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