Buckie is a long way from Glasgow in every sense. It is part of the Westminster constituency of Moray, which has Douglas Ross as its MP (he draws a salary from both UK and Scottish parliaments, as well as the SFA). It’s a farmin’, fishin’ and perhaps foulin’ (apols. P Lynott) community which has planned a day out in the big city to see Buckie Thistle take on Celtic in the Scottish Cup.
Thistle wear green and white hoops, a tradition apparently established when Celtic donated a set of strips last century. Celtic were their opponents of choice to celebrate their centenary and travelled north four decades ago to play a church fundraiser. The Grotto needs help too, you know, Celtic!
They currently sit fifth in the Highland League, but a Scottish Cup tie at Celtic Park is the equivalent of Champions League qualification; more money will pour into the Buckie coffers than has ever been seen in the Lanarkshire equivalent.
Their claims to fame might stop there were it not for Stephen King, one of the top selling fiction authors in history, referencing the club in a recent novel, then posing for this photo in team top and scarf. King knew nothing about the club but chose it because of “it’s gorgeous name”. Club brand mangers everywhere take note, Lanliq United is still available.
If Celtic don’t progress into the next round of the Cup on Sunday evening, even an intoxicant like Lanny will not be enough to soften the blow. Safe journey to the estimated 5,000 on pilgrimage to Celtic Park.