If you want to know why this clubs is special…


The Celtic Supporters Association Rally in the Kerrydale Suite last night was a complete joy.  On the way out I remarked that the club was in good hands with the Association.  This was their 64th annual rally, over generations they have protected and cultured the unique spirit of our football club.

For me, it was the third opportunity in a week to hear the Thai Tims, who performed an excellent set.  Paul Lennon of the Good Child Foundation is a real inspiration and example to us all.

It was also a great opportunity to spend a few hours with many from the CQN community, always a treat.  I know one CQN’er who is going to think twice before digging up Tom (“get your facts right”) Boyd on the blog again, just in case our former treble winning captain reads it and goes looking for him on a night out.

To continue the spirit of what we are all about, on Saturday 19th May there is a charity dinner in Glasgow for The Andrea Kearney Fund, which supports women who are diagnosed with cancer during pregnancy.  The fund in memory of Andrea, who was diagnosed while expecting her fifth child and died in 2008, aged 41.

It promises to be a great night for an important cause, I hope you can support it.  You can book tickets here.  I look forward to seeing you there.

You can buy a hard copy of the new issue of CQN Magazine via Magcloud here.

The graphic below is just for a flick through, to read the magazine go here to it’s dedicated site.

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    Kieran Caw* ‏ @Kieran_Celtic


    Give a speech Ally! “This is not the beginning, this is the end”

  2. There was 2010 and there was 2012… compare and contrast. They thought it would go on forever. They were wrong. But who was it really that brought the curtain down on their cheating?



    Paul67’s article is just a mere glimpse of our collective soul. Does anybody in their heart wish our soul be eroded, eradicated even, to accomodate the avarice of the soulless, the zombies, the azoics?

  3. Michael Johnston…. another hero enters into the fray…. direct quote from one of the voters in the SPL stitch up specifically saying that sporting integrity is “oot the windae”



    Thanks very much for spelling that out…. certainly one club which I’d be delighted to boycott….



    We don’t need yer stinkin’ pies !

  4. the idea of football in this country being a sport is finished…its just a money laundering tax dodging racket. im out if theyre in.



    ps. if they are playing in div 3 does it not mean that the money gets spread out accross the whole of scottish football?



    pps. i hope our board has a plan to exit this swamp.

  5. emusanorphan on

    StMichaelsBhoy2 on 5 May, 2012 at 14:52 said:



    The sky presenter just talked about, “Bill Murray,” taking over Rangers…



    I heard someone say that yesterday! It’s like Groundhog Day. Either that or it’s Lost in Translation.

  6. Ernie:



    And if the Celtic Board prove to be less moral, less ethical, lesser than you, what would you do to redress that imbalance that would inhibit the expansion of the hun and their social template?

  7. Neil canamalar Lennon hunskelper extrordinaire on

    Too many people sitting back and taking this on the chin, all we can do is vote my erchei.


    There is legal recourse, taking these organisation on in a court of law is always an option, the sfa were/are complicit in cheating and loss of earnings, but it appears the board agree with the rest, sporting integrity is a poor second to commerce.



  8. ernie lynch on

    RalphWaldoEllison-is Neil Lennon Season 2011-12 on 5 May, 2012 at 15:19 said:




    ”Celtic have limited options in preventing (if they wanted to) the survival of RFCIA in the SPL”




    Would you like to list the options you think are available to the Celtic Board?

  9. celticrollercoaster says In Neil we trust on 5 May, 2012 at 15:04 said:


    I’ll email you my mobile, if you have time we can meet at the Hearts game and I’ll collect my badge, if you’re busy, let me have payment details and I’ll arrange payment.

  10. Lennon n Mc....Mjallby on

    So have the bodies representing Celtic fans made clear all spl clubs will be boycotted if newco gets into the spl?



    If not,why not?

  11. ernie lynch on

    kitalba on 5 May, 2012 at 15:28 said:



    I can’t claim to understand your question, so I’ll answer a different one.



    If the newco huns are back in the SPL next season I’m finished with Scottish football.

  12. Neil canamalar Lennon hunskelper extrordinaire on

    HaHaHaHa, copulating joke, And for all the ghuys who have stated the will not go to away games, will you ignore the manager when he pleads for you to return to support away fixtures.


    Remember not too long ago it was seriously being considered, it was very quickly derailed by them. They turned a serious campaign into a shambles of a publicity roadshow very very quickly and they’ll will do the same again.

  13. Michael Johnston (absolutely no relation) has stated the argument for the Newco huns’ entry to the SPL very simply: “Member clubs are mindful of a sporting integrity aspect but the commercial benefits outweigh that.”



    But that sets him, and other club chairmen who feel the same, in direct opposition to Michel Platini and UEFA’s Financial Fair Play rules.



    And for a newco to play in the SPL next season, UEFA woud need to grant an exception to its Club Licensing rules, which are based on the principles of Financial Fair Play.



    Now let’s be clear here. If UEFA was to grant an exception in these circumstances it would be throwing Financial Fair Play right out of the window. Platini’s big idea would be stone dead.



    They would be setingt a precedent. And not just for Scotland but for the whole of Europe.



    How many top clubs are struggling with debts? And how many of them would love to dump those debts, coming back as newcos? If UEFA makes an exception for a club in a middling league, a club ranked 50th in Europe and falling, what could it do if a big club asked for the same consideration? Or several big clubs?



    No, UEFA simply cannot allow a newco into the SPL.

  14. monteblanco on




    I would love to be able to believe you, but anything is possible when it comes to integrity v finance, and I don’t mean that in a good way.


    No way the SFA will fly a kite and chance it with Uefa.



    Anything that comes will have been ratified in advance.

  15. Neil canamalar Lennon hunskelper extrordinaire on

    Also people going on about uefa, if that was a real threat why did Lawwell not just tell his questioners that last night


    Because he knows better.

  16. Tontine Tim on

    gebhoy is the taxmans tick tocking clock, tick…tock on 5 May, 2012 at 15:19 said:







    If Newco get back in and cannot put a team on the park and are struggling and are about to be relegated, do the SPL cancel relegation?



    *naw they just do restructuring.

  17. Ernie come here the weather is magic andyou can sit here with me and marvel at all the cynics that just waste away their lives.

  18. Oglach, thanks for the reminder.



    I was talking to a friend of mine about Bobby the other day – there is no doubt, we concluded, that he would have gone on to great things in life as he did in death.



    Interesting about your father BTW. Was there a documentary on that escape on TG4 a few months back?

  19. Lads anyone got a clip from Killie chairman ?



    Going to forward it to someone to see if they’ll get UEFA to look at it.

  20. TheBarcaMole on

    So they limp along in administration for however long, giving the brotherhood’s political allies, business (type) apologists and carpetbaggers time enough to formulate a plan (and find the benefactor) that will allow the pavement pirates to carry on as before but with a wee bit fine tuning; it is 2012 after all……


    Still Scotland though eh!


    They have forever waited on and accepted assistance (of all kind, they are the people, right enough) from the ‘authorities’……… The bail out philosophy has stood them in good stead this long…………


    Plus ca change.



    Regards & Hail Hail



  21. Snake Plissken,



    I would hope that reps from our club have been talking to UEFA about all of this.



    It’s clear that Scottish football will bend over for them. UEFA has every reason not to.

  22. emusanorphan on 5 May, 2012 at 15:27 said:



    That reminds me of Bill Murray’s finest moment (ok I’m messing with the lyrics a wee bit)



    When your team is down,


    And you need a Clown,


    Who ye gonna call ?



    Super Ally !



    When is team is shoite


    And you need to fight


    Who ye gonna call ?



    Craig Whyte !



    etc, etc.

  23. monteblanco on 5 May, 2012 at 15:20 said:


    oglach on 5 May, 2012 at 15:05 said:


    A fine post




    Mo Chara a fine post from you also – a great poem



    From London, legal terrorists rule with hands of gold


    Buying trust with golden dust while livelihoods are sold


    By way of stealth, they build their wealth and decorate their bode


    Beneath the gate the worms wait in clay so cruel and cold



    From Caledonia’s highland hills while Scotia’s sons did sleep


    They cleared the glens of highland men, more profit’s made from sheep


    But sons of sons they soon forgot, no tears of hate to weep


    And like their Gaelic cousins all, their fate they did not keep



    Once more Erin’s well worn womb one more martyr’s born


    And from her gory history book, a blood-stained page is torn


    That day in May, what can I say, for no one understands


    That ’tis for the way I feel, Good-bye Bobby Sands



    (Jock Purdon)

  24. ernie lynch on 5 May, 2012 at 15:31 said:


    kitalba on 5 May, 2012 at 15:28 said:



    I can’t claim to understand your question, so I’ll answer a different one.



    If the newco huns are back in the SPL next season I’m finished with Scottish football.





    I understand the emotion in your argument. I appreciate the logic.



    But what if the SPL NEwco Rangers (if it happens) turn out to be crippled because of their desperation to be in the SPL?



    And besides which Ernie, here’s my emotional argument and one we have been using for years now: I love CEltic without reference to them. I cannot walk away from Celtic if Newco get in to the premier league. Perhaps it’s like saying I will no longer shop at my favourite local grocers that I have supported all my life because Tesco are moving in to town and I totally disagree with them coming to the town and ruining local business.



    If enough people take the attitude that they are finished with football if Newco get in to the SPL then ironically it will be Celtic Supporters who cause Celtic’s demise.



    Whatever happens, as a brother Tim, I urge you, respectfully, to commit to supporting Celtic rather than abandoning them.



    Hail Hail chief.



    I am heading out and will look in for any reply – please don’t take lack of response as bad manners.

  25. sixtaeseven: No NewCo in SPL and it's Non-Negotiable! on

    Since the Admin men announced their man Bill Miller the other day, I can’t help thinking that this is the calm before the storm.



    This is a saga with more than it’s fair share of protagonists, a number of whom have been fairly subdued in recent weeks.



    I get the impression that the time is ripe for the MBB, TicketUs, and Hector to take their place on centre stage.


    I doubt if it will be a synchronized choreography.



    Are D&P, the Cheeky Chappie and Mr Miller ready for the storm?

  26. monteblanco on

    Gordon J



    If this is indeed a trail that leads from Ibrox to the banks and complicity is enormous then it will be the same in other countries. If Rangers fall, who else follows? Does Uefa want to bring down itself? A wee test case in a godforsaken backwater might be too convenient an opportunity to ‘wait and see’.




  27. Snake Plissken on

    Here’s a poser for you:



    Imagine Celtic could do another 9 in a row.



    Would you rather win the first 3 (at least) titles with No Rangers in the league and them being able to say those titles are tainted (in their own mad little minds but it would nevertheless be annoying)






    Would you rather they were in the top flight and we could lord it over them at the same time while they suffer as we did in the 90’s?




    A part of me really would like option 2 although I completely understand the Division 3 thing.

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