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Great to see so many names from years ago back on the blog yesterday.  As well as the jetsam and flotsam of life at Celtic, there have been times when the blog has had real value to the few, and occasionally, to the many.  Once or twice, we’ve made a real difference to our club.

Our ability to add value correlates directly with the great contributions which appear here; sometimes when people offer remarkable insight, sometimes when many aggregate their thoughts to analyse an issue.

My guess is that there will be moments in the next decade when that insight and aggregation will be needed, so thanks to everyone who keeps the place sane through the flotsam days, before the biggies emerge.  Thanks also for yesterday’s enormous support.  The untold stories of acts of kindness and generosity from the community over the decade are so numerous they are no longer exceptional.  It’s a great place to be a part of.

There are changes ahead.  A new blog design is on the way and the Quick News section will retire this summer.  Canajunbhoy has exclusively posted the section in the wee small hours for the best part of the decade, so he more than deserves peace to hang up his keyboard.  My sincere thanks for all his help.

CQteN was an enormous success and built three school kitchens in Malawi for Mary’s Meals (photos from the last two are on the way).  It was also enormous fun.  We’re going to do it again, although I’m not sure yet if it has the legs to be an annual event/bi-annual or other.  Open to ideas.

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  1. On the overseas Season Ticket i assume the club thinks it will lose out on full ST sales in Ireland if they offer it over here?

     

     

    Does anyone know how many current Irish based Season book holders we have north and south?

  2. Mike In Toronto

     

     

    at 14.57

     

     

     

    Ah must say Ah am Impressed,pal.

     

     

    Ye hiv goat THAT right… awe Right!

     

     

    Yes..

     

     

    Like Ah hiv bin sayin fur Years oan Here..

     

     

     

    “Our Troubles lie not wit oor.. Strike Force.. Our Troubles they Lie ..

     

     

    Within oor.. ENGINE ROOM”.. which is Known, also..as …

     

    The MID-FIELD.

     

     

    Neil, Did A Number oan Oor Mid Field..

     

     

    He Propah . Bollixed it Up!

     

     

    He taught oor Mid Fielders.. The Patty Cake Romp.

     

    which goes. something like this..

     

     

    Tippy Tap The Ba’ Back n Forth across the Middy.. tae one Anither.. Making Certain that the Opposition Defenders..hiv Loads of Time ..

     

     

     

    Tae Re-Group..n.. Tighten thur Cover of oor Static Strikers.

     

     

    Yes, Neil Taught his Mid Fielders tae Play in His AIN IMAGE..

     

     

    His idea wiz..

     

     

    As long as His Mid Fielders Played it Safe.. by..

     

     

    NO HAUDING oan tae the Ba’.. n by Passing The Buck..or the Ba’ tae Anither..

     

     

    whilst remaining firmly Ensconsed in MID FIELD.. well away fae oor Opponents

     

    Goal Mooth.

     

     

    Alwiz Making Sure that a Celtic Mid Fielder, didnae Lose Possession of the Football..

     

     

    Neil, Made a Successful Career of

     

     

    “NEVER BEING CAUGHT IN POSSESSION OF THE FOOTBALL”

     

     

    at the Expense of Giving his Opponents plenty of Time tae Re Form n Strengthen

     

    thur Defensive Ranks..

     

     

    While. Neil. Carefully.. Passed the Football.. Across the Mid Field tae anither Colleague.

     

     

    Neil Wiz the Original.. UNTALENTED ..well.. TALENT~

     

     

    Ah never seen Him mak a Forage, while Carrying the Fitball..into The Enemies

     

    Soft underbelly..

     

     

    Sure,,he could mak a Penetratin Pass.. Long Range.. oan Occasion…But..

     

     

    A Mid Fielder, must also be capable of

     

     

    CARRYING THE BALL FORWARD.. in order tae DRAW AWAY the Cover from One of our ,,Normally, Static ..n well Covered Strikers.

     

     

    A Mid Fielder, has tae be Versatile..

     

     

    Not tae be.. Limited..in a Holding Pattern.. such as The Neil School of Midfielding Taught.

     

     

    A am sure Ronny, agrees with..Baith of Us.. that the Neil Lennon Style of Mid fielding

     

    has tae go.

     

     

    Our Mid Fielders need tae be RE-TAUGHT oan how tae be..

     

     

    Well… Fielders..

     

     

    By Properly Performing thur Joab….

     

     

    Which wid Mean..

     

     

    Returning tae the auld fashioned… But ,long Furgoatten

     

     

    Celtic Way!

     

     

    Yes,,

     

     

    Celtic, will gradually Furget awe aboot the .. Stasis, that is.. the

     

     

    Neil Lennon School Of Mid Fielding..

     

     

    N.. Then We wull Start tae Witness

     

     

    a Revolutionary Leap,upwards in the Goal Scoring Charts ..by Celtic Strikers.

     

     

    Nice Chatting ,Pally… because for the First Time

     

     

     

    oor Strikers wull not be SO CLOSELY MARKED.

     

     

    Nice Chattin, Pal

     

     

    Kojo

     

    Still,Laughin’

  3. Personally I like Stokes he has his weaknesses and is certainly not a CL level player,playing in the scottish premiership tends to disguise those weaknesses somewhat as he bangs in the goals. If the rumours are true re his imminent demise I would suspect it has more to do with work ethic and his ability to adapt rather than anything else.

     

    The manager wants us to play a pressing game high up the park I don’t believe Anton has this in his locker for the full 90 mins, hope I am wrong but watching him over the past few I have just seen anything from him to convince me otherwise.

  4. I think Ronnie Deila is going to need our patience. I am not convinced with the squad from the midfield forward. Set up to frustrate others in the CL we will be hard to beat but we havent got talented enoughspeed enough up front to snatch goals from the scraps we will be feeding the attack minded players.

  5. Oops should read watching him over the past few seasons I have just not seen….,.otherwise

  6. Rock Tree Bhoy on

    Now Ladbrokes are trying to con even more money out of the Sevco fans….

     

     

    “Rangers’ time in the doldrums of Scottish football is almost over but with Ally McCoist’s men odds-on to secure a top flight return Ladbrokes has made a special market available to keep things interesting.

     

     

    The Glasgow giants are 4/11 favourites to win the Scottish Championship but such is the level of the country’s second tier the bookmaker is going 20/1 that the Ibrox outfit wrap up promotion without tasting a single defeat.

     

     

    If Arsenal can do it against the likes of Manchester United, Liverpool and Chelsea south of the border, Rangers should manage it without breaking a sweat.”

     

     

    There should be a law against conning vulnerable persons with a track record of swallowing every moonbeam that comes their way, they deserve better:-)

  7. Rock Tree Bhoy

     

    15:52 on

     

    21 July, 2014

     

    Now Ladbrokes are trying to con even more money out of the Sevco fans….

     

     

    “Rangers’ time in the doldrums of Scottish football is almost over but with Ally McCoist’s men odds-on to secure a top flight return Ladbrokes has made a special market available to keep things interesting.

     

     

    The Glasgow giants are 4/11 favourites to win the Scottish Championship but such is the level of the country’s second tier the bookmaker is going 20/1 that the Ibrox outfit wrap up promotion without tasting a single defeat.

     

     

    If Arsenal can do it against the likes of Manchester United, Liverpool and Chelsea south of the border, Rangers should manage it without breaking a sweat.”

     

     

    There should be a law against conning vulnerable persons with a track record of swallowing every moonbeam that comes their way, they deserve better:-)

     

     

     

    thanks for that post it really made me laugh ,except for the last three words

     

     

     

    they deserve nothing until they pay their debts

     

    HH

  8. First post long time lurker,need transport for tomorrow any buses in the hamilton/ Blantyre area. Ta much.

  9. Mike in Toronto supports Oscar Knox on

    Hello Kojo

     

     

    I agree that NFL’s team’s played like he played … hard to break down, but not so great going forward ….

     

     

    I cant say that I ever say RD play, but what I have heard about his style of coaching and how he wants his teams to play is encouraging.

     

     

    I think NFL’ was such a big personality that his mindset has been stamped into some of the players, and it will take some time to change the style of play, but I am prepared to give RD and the players a fair crack at it.

     

     

    I think there may be a few bumps on the way this season (which often happens when you change coaches/style of play), but I am really quite excited about the upcoming season.

     

     

    Cheers,

  10. BIG-CUP-WINNERS @ 12:51

     

     

    Perhaps just as well as, no doubt that alien concoction of Salt n’ sauce; rather than the connoisseurs choice of salt and vinegar would have been offered.

     

     

    Well known fact that chippie sauce is vinegar plus the good ingredients that we in Scotland’s cultural and culinary capital savour and can happily pay for.

     

     

    Raw acetic acid indeed !!

  11. RobertTressell

     

     

    Info is about 6 years old but there were 8k or so in 2008 travelling from all Ireland. Not sure if that scales down with general decline in numbers or not.

  12. Bom dia,

     

     

    As a few of you will know I missed most of the World Cup here in Brasil due to work commitments.

     

     

    However, when the final came my loyalty was divided between wanting Germany (best team in the tournament) and Argentina winning it. After the 7-1 semi drubbing, your bitter rivals winning the World’s premier fitba trophy in yer ain back yard would’ve been the straw that (maybe) would break the CBF camel’s back. (canny stand the CBF, me)

     

     

    Sadly, that didny happen and after the announcement of ex-player agent, Gilmar as “Technical Advisor” the name being hotly tipped for tomorrow’s announcement, as the new manager of the National side will be ………….

     

     

    …………… wait for it………

     

     

    ………. drum roll …….

     

     

    …… Dunga !!

     

     

    Now do you see why I detest the CBF more than Monday morning’s ??

  13. Mike in Toronto supports Oscar Knox on

    Kojo

     

     

    One thing I would say is that while I agree that NFL didn’t do enough with the ball when he got it, in his day, there were few better defenders in Europe at reading a game …. he was never the fastest player, but I rarely saw him caught out of position …. he seemed to be two moves ahead of most of his teammates (and often the opposition) and was often well placed to intercept a pass even before it was made!

     

     

    And, for all the crap he had to endure just for being a Celt … and did endure because he loved the Club …. he will always be a Legend in my eyes!

  14. Mike in Toronto supports Oscar Knox on

    Okay …. going to throw caution to the wind here….

     

     

    the salt and sauce v. salt and vinegar debate is for the birds …. real men in Canada eat their chips with gravy and curds!

     

     

    Celts for Poutine!

  15. ArranmoreBhoyLXV11 on

    HH

     

     

    Well, I wonder who ll be in my seats in 102 tomorrow.. ? They better take care of them..

     

     

    In Ronnie we trust!!

     

     

    The RonJon show

     

     

    HH

  16. The Battered Bunnet on

    RobertT, BK

     

     

    I am led to believe that we have lost around 5000 season tickets from Ireland caused largely by the economic situation from 2009 onwards.

  17. Kellys Heroes on

    Off topic folks but has anyone started the Barclays Fantasy Premier League as yet?

  18. The Battered Bunnet

     

    16:15 on

     

    21 July, 2014

     

    RobertT, BK

     

     

    I am led to believe that we have lost around 5000 season tickets from Ireland caused largely by the economic situation from 2009 onwards.

     

     

    I can believe this. from what I see there is a lot more co-operation between Irish clubs regarding tickets and sharing buses etc as falling numbers made running buses less viable.very

     

     

    HH

  19. dena29

     

     

    It’s clearly because there is not a strong Rangers in the league.

     

    The MSM will run this story tomorrow with completely made up numbers and sources.

     

     

    LB

  20. dena29

     

    16:21 on

     

    21 July, 2014

     

    The Battered Bunnet

     

    16:15 on

     

    21 July, 2014

     

    RobertT, BK

     

     

    I am led to believe that we have lost around 5000 season tickets from Ireland caused largely by the economic situation from 2009 onwards.

     

     

    I can believe this. from what I see there is a lot more co-operation between Irish clubs regarding tickets and sharing buses etc as falling numbers made running buses less viable.very

     

     

    HH

     

     

    Wonder how many have been lost due to declining quality of product?

     

    And there might be worse to come.

     

    Without serious injection of quality, sectional stage should we qualify will simply be a repeat of last year.

  21. Regarding the loss of numbers from Ireland, from what I gather on here, much of it may be down to the sometimes very late changes in KO times / days making planning transport / accommodation a problem?

  22. BMCUWP & Mike in Toronto,

     

    good day to both of you fine gentlemen, it great to see you both posting and I’m never far away from this sainted blog; even if I can’t post as often as I would like to.

     

     

    Paul67 – Congratulations on the ten, you have given us a wonderful platform to discuss the one thing we all love:)

     

     

    To all the lads I’ve been lucky enough to meet, i’ll raise a glass to you tomorrow while watching the game. Thereafter i’ll be having dinner with big Mike in Toronto (where are we going big man?).

     

     

    Scorchio in Toronto for you Jobo if yer looking in.

     

    slainte

     

    tony

  23. Dena 29

     

     

    What debts? They cannae even get a bank loan!

     

     

    I find it funny that a huge business like Ladbrokes doesn’t know what liquidation is… . .

     

     

    ‘Rangers’??

     

     

    ‘Top-flight RETURN?’

     

     

    How can a team return to somewhere they’ve never been??

  24. LiviBhoy

     

    16:26 on

     

    21 July, 2014

     

    dena29

     

     

    It’s clearly because there is not a strong Rangers in the league.

     

    The MSM will run this story tomorrow with completely made up numbers and sources.

     

     

    LB

     

     

    there is a big element who miss thems but I really think its more to do with money . even some of the champions league games are poorly supported .travel arrangements are also a factor . the club I travel with are not travelling to Edinburgh tomorrow bwcause we couldnt be accomodated on the boat home. CP and fellow supporters dont always help either , a few busses missed the boat home last season because of the tight schedule and the boat company dont hold the boat for a few coaches, Personally I would be happy never to play thems in the league again.

     

     

    HH

  25. Ritchie #teamoscarforever

     

     

    Sorry for calling you Rob :-(!!!

     

     

    Beat Oldtim67 to the draw tho…… ;-) HH

  26. embramike

     

    16:27 on

     

    21 July, 2014

     

    Regarding the loss of numbers from Ireland, from what I gather on here, much of it may be down to the sometimes very late changes in KO times / days making planning transport / accommodation a problem?

     

     

    all of these things impact on numbers and previously clubs had to have large numbers of season books for the bigger games to accommodate running a bus. the financial implications of running a bus half full was unsustainable as it is for every supporters bus . the re-scheduling of games is a big problem when boats have been booked and not always able to be changed. (oh the trials of supporting Celtic its worth every last hassle)

     

     

    HH

  27. dena29

     

     

    Sorry mate. Poor attempt at a joke.

     

    A more amusing story about the boat from myself.

     

    We went to the first Celtic Festival in Bundoran. It was a Celtic v Rangers match at Ibrox that weekend. The game Bellamy scored. We stopped at Lurgan on the Sunday and watched the game in their club befroe getting the ferry home. After a great weekend and a brilliant result we boarded the ferry in great spirits and the party was in full swing on the bus leaving the ferry. We passed a whole load of Rangers fans waiting to get on the ferry we just got off in their buses and cars with their mouths wide open in surprise at our bus bouncing off the ferry wall to wall hoops tops. There was no abuse just a look on their faces that was thinking where the hell have they came from?

     

    Very funny end to a great trip. Pity the season didn;t end on such a happy note.

     

     

    LB

  28. Hutchybhoy.

     

     

    Beat me to the draw. Don’t think so, I was letting the man recover from the shock of the horse winning,

  29. LiviBhoy

     

    16:39 on

     

    21 July, 2014

     

    dena29

     

     

    Sorry mate. Poor attempt at a joke.

     

    A more amusing story about the boat from myself.

     

    We went to the first Celtic Festival in Bundoran. It was a Celtic v Rangers match at Ibrox that weekend. The game Bellamy scored. We stopped at Lurgan on the Sunday and watched the game in their club befroe getting the ferry home. After a great weekend and a brilliant result we boarded the ferry in great spirits and the party was in full swing on the bus leaving the ferry. We passed a whole load of Rangers fans waiting to get on the ferry we just got off in their buses and cars with their mouths wide open in surprise at our bus bouncing off the ferry wall to wall hoops tops. There was no abuse just a look on their faces that was thinking where the hell have they came from?

     

    Very funny end to a great trip. Pity the season didn;t end on such a happy note.

     

     

    LB

     

     

    no need for an apology I knew what you meant. I probably was at the Celtic club that day I hail from Lurgan lol great story

     

     

    HH

  30. !!Bada Bing!! on

    Jude- good mate,done the dolphins/whales boat trip there,was very good.Seen all the games,tomorrow night’s on too in a wee bar just round fae hotel :))

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