Imperious Celtic in metaphor


There has been a lot of noise around football in Scotland since we put Newco on the canvas to win the league on Sunday.  Notions are being peddled that directors left Newco because they had to make room for new people, who will bring bags of money any day now.  It’s just nonsense.

This photo of an imperious Ali (then Clay) and Liston on the canvas is the perfect metaphor for football in Glasgow right now.  Ali went on to set records, entertain, and become one of the world’s sporting greats.  Whereas this is the best known photo Liston; flattened two minutes into a match against his then rival.

The world had already changed for both boxers before this fight, although Liston only realised it that day, and there was nothing he could do about it.

Now Clay swings with a right, what a beautiful swing!
And the punch raises the Bear clear out of the ring.
Liston is still rising, and the ref wears a frown,
For he can’t start counting till Sonny comes down.
—Muhammad Ali

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  1. DELANEYS DUNKY, garry remember john greig being interviewed and laughing at how he nearly knocked jinky into the jungle, dont know if it was just being funny or not.hh.

  2. Maybe The Ali – Liston fights were a bit strange in how they ended but there was enough evidence in both fights to show that Ali was the man.


    He out-boxed ,out manoeuvred and out-thought Liston.


    And there the strange incident of Ali being blinded by something for a couple of rounds .

  3. CANAMALAR IT LOOKS LIKE OCD OBSESSION, come on you fellow tim,its only banter.ktf.

  4. Delaneys Dunky on




    The ‘shows’ at Kelvin Hall every Christmas was a highlight for us West End Bhoys. Where you discovered ‘burds’.

  5. Ray Winstone's Big Disembodied Heid on

    Glesga boys were known as Keelies long before the term Weegie came into fashion. In fact Glesga Keelie was invariably used together as a collocation.

  6. Ray Winstone's Big Disembodied Heid on

    Forgot to add that the term was usually used by people from outwith the city, eg Paisley Buddies.

  7. glendalystonsils on

    Keelies was the expression I grew up with. Presumably something to do with shipbuilding =Keels

  8. blantyretim is praying for the Knox family on

    I’m going to I against the grain and hope that Atletico hump the gooners..



    Too young to remember their hooligan kickers but remember the cheats from the Arse

  9. Saint Stivs on

    anerican crean soda v red kola.



    never mind that, sneakin a drink of grandas special lumalade.



    dandelian and burdoch,



    nae wunner it was the last bottle left

  10. Ray Winston’s BDE



    Was ‘Bauchle’ not another word that was used?




  11. Delaneys Dunky on




    My granny Delaney would take me to mass in Whitecrook. After mass she would take me to a café in Clydebank for two McCallums.

  12. Sent to the ice cream van by your mammy with a bowl to get a few scoops of vanilla ice cream and a bottle of Barrs, maybe Garvies cream soda.. Oh and fags with a note. Nobody bothered about selling fags to weans, then again probably cause they knew Ma ma.


    But definitely Cream soda



    D. :)???. Nee rest emoji to an ice drink I could get

  13. !!Bada Bing!! on

    When the Alpine ginger factory got screwed in Queenslie,i.e every night, the neds struggled to sell it cheaper than you could buy it for…

  14. GreeninbingleyinOslo on

    RON BACARDI on 3RD MAY 2018 7:39 PM


    Boxing was all about gambling then. In USA the mafia probably decided the winner and winning round before the fight. The fighters followed instructions.




    Going a little further back in time to the 30s and 40s, the epitome of that was the big Italian Primo Carnera, the Ambling Alp. His career is well worth a look.



    I always used to wonder about his first name till I read a biography on him a few years back, and found out that his brothers and sisters were called Secondo, Terzo, Quarto and Quinto.



    A rare case of Italian functionality over emotion.

  15. Ray Winstone's Big Disembodied Heid on

    Jimbo. i vaguely remember the expression “a wee bachle” but I don’t think it was applied as a group term, and it was not very complimentary.

  16. Mushy peas anyone..????


    From the cafe under the bridge in the Gallowgate, when up the Barras with Ma dear old mammy.



    D. :)

  17. Jobo Baldie on

    Arsenal have started pretty well away to Atletico. And of course all they need is ‘one nil to the Arsenal’. Would prefer them both to go out but looking like a decent game so far.





    Good luck on your first day back.

  19. Ray Winston’s BDE



    No it was not complimentary- nor was ‘ Weegie’ until people from through here began using it themselves.




  20. Anyone remember getting Paraffin from a van for heaters in the house.


    Don’t know why we done that , we had central under floor heating in the flats in Knightswood, think because we moved in when the flats were built, my mum and dad never used it because they thought it was expensive to use.. Same as the fire in the living room…. Get that aff, I can hear her the noo…



    D. :)

  21. BMCUW thanks got the suit and shirt at the ready, if it still fits after 3 months sitting on my fat erchie.



    Hope you are over your illness now



    D. :)

  22. CANAMALAR IT LOOKS LIKE OCD OBSESSION canamalar luv you to bits pal you have been on this site long before me probably with pablophanque you are one of the good ghuys you probably no more about celtic than ill never no but please keep posting.hh.

  23. PARKHEADCUMSALFORD, ha your nearly as old as me, smiley thing, cant do them emojis.lol.

  24. GreeninbingleyinOslo on

    I want the Gooners to do it tonight for Wenger – who was sounded out by us before he went to Arsenal IIRC.



    Plus, I know it’s childish, times and clubs change and it’s completely irrelevant and all that, but I was there at CP v Atletico in 1974 and even 40+ years on, the wounds refuse to heal.

  25. Delaneys Dunky on




    I never act interested enough. Why I am single I suppose. ?

  26. BMCUW



    I wish I lived in your wee bubble,mate.



    Every time I open a page on my iPad for a Scottish newspaper,it’s full of crime syndicates.



    Drugs,guns,you name it. So,aye. Yer right. No-one will bother trying to make a bob or two. Too much effort,and besides,they might even get caught.





    Firstly, stop reading Scottish tabloids,secondly, not very good criminals if you keep reading about them!

  27. GreeninbingleyinOslo on




    Growing up in Glasgow I always thought a wee bachle wasn’t as bad as a wee nyaff.



    Being a bachle was a temporary affliction, whereas when you were a wee nyaff, you were a wee naff for life!

  28. Delaneys Dunky on




    I used to get the paraffin van in Knightswood too. I grew up buzzin paraffin fumes. Cheapest form of heat my mammy rckoned.


    Central heating was for posh folk fae Jordanhill.


    Good luck back at the graft Daviebhoy.