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Livingston 11 days to rest and prepare for Celtic

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Celtic have played in three competitions since Livingston’s last match.  That’s 11 days our opponents have had to work on stamina, then rest, as well as fine-tuning technique defending against the specific threat of Celtic.  All of that time will have been spent on the pitch we play on tonight.  It is unlikely we have faced a more prepared team all season.

By contrast, Celtic players’ preparation for tonight’s match will have started yesterday.  The artificial surface, which caused so many problems earlier in the season, is the principle challenge to overcome.  Since then we have won on artificial surfaces at Kilmarnock and twice at Hamilton, although both visits to Lanarkshire were tense affairs.

With five games before the split, Livingston are six points ahead of seventh place Kilmarnock.  Lose tonight, and that gap could close to three points, with the teams due to meet next month.  We can expect as much of a battle as we faced against St Johnstone or Copenhagen.

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  1. BOURNESOUPRECIPE on 4TH MARCH 2020 3:01 PM

     

     

    Their Chief Exec confirmed that Turnbull turned them down for us

  2. macjay1 for Neil Lennon on

    SIEMPRE CELTIC (FORMERLY TRADITIONALIST88) on 4TH MARCH 2020 10:15 AM

     

    MACJAY1 FOR NEIL LENNON on 4TH MARCH 2020 9:59 AM

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Those responsible have not been ‘commemorated’ on here, so your point is invalid.

     

     

     

     

     

     

    You have a problem with his diaries being published here but Bobby Sands was not responsible for those events.

     

     

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    I don`t have a problem with his diaries being published on here.

     

    This is simply a blog.

     

    Of minor importance compared with Celtic FC.

     

     

    I have a problem with IRA supporters imposing their culture on Celtic FC.

     

    Particularly sending out their message loud and clear on Television.

     

    Is that in the interests of Celtic FC ?

     

     

    According to bloggers on CQN , Doddie Weirs brother APPARENTLY does not wish to be associated with Celtic FC.

     

    I don`t blame him .

     

     

    Now , the game .

  3. CELTIC40ME

     

     

    Correct, and the only medical was at Celtic 👍

     

     

    Going by the rehabilitation time, I’m glad the club‘s medical experts got it right.

  4. Go tell the Spartim on

    In Helsinki two hours ahead so I can allay any fears bout the score as soon as I know it, no tips for fgs. Gamble responsibly

     

     

    SevcologicCSC (c) BSR

  5. Siempre Celtic (formerly Traditionalist88) on

    MACJAY1 FOR NEIL LENNON on 4TH MARCH 2020 3:09 PM

     

     

    I don`t have a problem with his diaries being published on here.

     

     

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    Why then does Hamilton Tim posting diaries by Bobby Sands trigger a response from you about IRA attacks, sectarianism, Jock Stein going into a crowd one day etc if you don’t have a problem with it?

     

     

    Timing seemed rather coincidental to me.

     

     

    HH

  6. Canamalar it looks like OCD obsession on

    MACJAY1 FOR NEIL LENNON on 4TH MARCH 2020 9:37 AM

     

     

     

    Who were the oppressors in the Birmingham pub bombings in `74 ? BRITAIN

     

     

     

    Who was the oppressor in the murder last year of Lyra Mc Kee ? BRITAIN

  7. Siempre Celtic (formerly Traditionalist88) on

    TULLY57 on 4TH MARCH 2020 2:53 PM

     

    Livi have lost 6 goals all season at home.

     

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    From Hibs down the league has a -ve goal difference. Motherwell in 3rd have a goal diff of 0.

     

     

    We’ve played Livi away once with 10 men. Most of the teams they’ve played score few goals anyway!

     

     

    I think we’ll be fine. As someone pointed out this one will have been circled in the calendar for a while…

     

     

    HH

  8. macjay1 for Neil Lennon on

    SIEMPRE CELTIC (FORMERLY TRADITIONALIST88) on 4TH MARCH 2020 3:15 PM

     

    MACJAY1 FOR NEIL LENNON on 4TH MARCH 2020 3:09 PM

     

     

     

    The interests of Celtic are my only motivation.

     

    What is the motivation of Hamilton Tim ?

     

     

    Promotion of the IRA , by Hamilton Tim or anyone else , in ANY Celtic forum online or at the game harms the interests of Celtic imho .

     

    Celtic don`t want it and , as a Celtic supporter , neither do I .

  9. Irish nationalism, ranging from constitutional nationalism to physical force republicanism, is part of Celtic’s heritage. It’s been there right from the start.

     

     

    If anyone has a problem with that there are other clubs they can support.

  10. Siempre Celtic (formerly Traditionalist88) on

    MACJAY1 FOR NEIL LENNON on 4TH MARCH 2020 3:28 PM

     

     

    Thats sensationalist nonsense.

     

     

    Rest assured if Celtics interests were actually being harmed they’d have acted accordingly, like they do with issues that could conceivably harm their interests such as illegal streams of matches.

     

     

    HH

  11. macjay1 for Neil Lennon on

    ERNIE LYNCH on 4TH MARCH 2020 3:34 PM

     

    Irish nationalism, ranging from constitutional nationalism to physical force republicanism, is part of Celtic’s heritage. It’s been there right from the start.

     

     

     

     

     

     

    If anyone has a problem with that there are other clubs they can support.

     

     

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    Erm. …………..

     

    Celtic FC have a problem with that.

     

     

    Who should they support ? Havana Red Bull ?

     

     

     

    Physical force Republicanism ………..aka Terrorism .

  12. Macjay, I don’t want to keep this going but do you realise that the Diaries were getting little attention until you stuck your oar in. Now every blogger here are alert to them and the message from the grave will have an even more profound effect,

     

    Brits never learn.

  13. Mcjay

     

     

    ‘According to bloggers on CQN , Doddie Weirs brother APPARENTLY does not wish to be associated with Celtic FC. I don`t blame him .’

     

     

    FFS.

  14. macjay1 for Neil Lennon on 4th March 2020 3:40 pm

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    ‘Physical force Republicanism ………..aka Terrorism .

     

     

     

     

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    Brother Walfrid……..

     

     

    T.D Sullivan…….

     

     

    God Save Ireland…….

     

     

    Opening of new ground……

     

     

     

    Manchester Martyrs…..

     

     

    Sergeant Charles Brett.

  15. Mcjay

     

     

    According to bloggers on CQN , Doddie Weirs brother APPARENTLY does not wish to be associated with Celtic FC. I don`t blame him .

     

     

    More fool him then , and yersel.

     

     

    And now to the game …

  16. Tonight might be a wee bit tight , depend on what wee Willie decides what a foul is ,we should know after about 3 tackles.

     

    Up the hoops

  17. And now the s appears, must remember portrait and landscape .😜

     

    Blinkin kindle

  18. macjay1 for Neil Lennon on

    CORKCELT on 4TH MARCH 2020 3:42 PM

     

    Macjay, I don’t want to keep this going but do you realise that the Diaries were getting little attention until you stuck your oar in. Now every blogger here are alert to them and the message from the grave will have an even more profound effect,

     

     

     

     

    Brits never learn.

     

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    No problem with any of that.

     

    Freedom of info.

     

    All for it.

     

     

    ” Brits never learn ” .

     

    Racist.

     

     

    Let`s try ” Irish never learn ”

     

    All good with that ,are we ?

     

     

    Double standard writ large .

  19. Interesting article, not sure the author understands the modern relationship with Sevco, but some relevant

     

    Historical Facts,

     

     

    Started in 1887 to raise funds for poor Irish families in Scotland the Irish can still be felt on at Celtic Park today in the Irish folk and rebel ballads sung and the flags that flutter above the stand.

     

     

    Glasgow Celtic FC was born out of the impoverished streets the immigrant Irish called home in the Glasgow of the 1800s when a Marist Brother from Ballymote County Sligo sought to find ways to help his fellow countrymen there.

     

     

    Andrew Kerins, better known as Brother Walfrid, called for a meeting on November 6, 1887, to establish a football team for the local area of the east end of Glasgow with the aim of raising funds for its struggling Irish families. In a small back room in St Mary’s Church hall on Forbes street, those assembled there under Brother Walfrid’s orders established a new football club for Glasgow

     

    Names suggested for the new local team included Glasgow Hibernia and Emerald Harps but, the steadfast Brother Walfrid had the last word, and, on his insistence, the new club was called Glasgow Celtic. The name was chosen as a symbol of a club born in Scotland from Irish roots. Celtic quickly built a loyal following among the Irish community in Glasgow. The weekend matches provided Irish immigrants with a meeting point and from it developed the club’s Irish parish mindset.

     

     

    The Irish roots of Celtic were solidified when their home ground Celtic Park was opened in 1892. The great occasion saw Mayo man and Land League leader Michael Davitt turn the sod in the middle of the pitch which had shamrock from Donegal planted in it. T.D Sullivan who wrote the ballad God Save Ireland closed the ceremony with a rendition of his patriotic song.

     

    Not long after the grand opening of Celtic Park, the sod in the center circle with the Donegal shamrock was dug up and taken by thieves. The mystery of who took it remains unsolved but, many pointed the finger at those on the blue side of Glasgow and for years afterward the unknown thief was dubbed “the sod who robbed the sod!”

     

     

    Michael Davitt did not have much interest in football but could understand the vital role Celtic played among Irish immigrants in Scotland. Davitt was made honorable patron of the club and in 1894 he was presented to the crowd at Celtic Park before Celtic’s meeting with Clyde.

     

     

     

     

    The first jersey of Glasgow Celtic was all white with green collars. On the breast of the jersey was a large red Celtic cross.

     

     

    Celtic’s first game was played the following year, and it was against a neighboring club called Glasgow Rangers. One hundred and thirty years ago, on May 28, 1888, Celtic’s first match was also the first Old Firm between Celtic and Rangers and the bhoys came out on top with five goals to two. From then on, a beautifully intense rivalry flourished between the blue and green sides of Glasgow, a rivalry still very much

     

    intense 130 years later!

     

    Davitt took his 5-year-old son with him and the lad sported a large green rosette and a white cap with Celtic emblazoned across it in orange lettering. After the game, Davitt was presented with a gold Glasgow medal at a dinner held in his honor and he was given £60 from gate receipts for eviction relief aid in Ireland.

     

     

    The charitable stance of Celtic had always been at the heart of club ethos. In 1892 Davitt wrote an open letter to the Freeman’s Journal praising the Glasgow club for sending £30 to Mayo for eviction relief aid. In the letter, Davitt declared “the members of this renowned athletic association are young Irish men who are generous supporters of every national and good cause.”

     

     

    In the same year that Celtic moved into their home ground Celtic Park, Brother Walfrid moved to London. He had hoped to replicate the same Irish club in the English capital among its large Irish community there but, a London Celtic never materialized.

     

     

    Brother Walfrid later moved to France where in 1911 he met up with the club he founded in a small church hall in Glasgow in 1887. While on a European tour, the Celtic team paid a visit to the now elderly Brother Walfrid and had a celebration dinner in his honor. He returned to Scotland shortly before his death there on April 17th, 1915. Brother Walfrid now lies in Mount St Michael Cemetery in Dumfries.

     

     

    In 1897 the club directors decided to bring Celtic in line with the developing professional game and they appointed a full-time team manager. They appointed 29-year-old Newry born Willie Maley who guided Celtic to a league title in his first year in charge. Maley would manage Celtic for 43 years and lead them to 30 major trophies. Such a long managerial career at one club would be unheard of in today’s game!

     

     

    Before the appointment of Willie Maley, Celtic would buy players from other clubs. It drained the club’s finances and did not reflect on the community foundations of Celtic. Maley decided to recruit players from nearby schools and streets. An established club academy made sure that a parish sense of pride strung out through the team and its fans.

     

     

    Celtic’s fan base is legendary and today in Scotland, Ireland and across the globe you can find Celtic supporters clubs usually named after past players or Irish martyrs. Since Celtics earliest games they attracted strong support that followed them home and away and this was a fan base that grew out of ‘Brake Clubs.’

     

     

    In the early days of Celtic football, fans of the club from different streets in Glasgow would travel to games on large horse-drawn brakes and they became known as Brake Clubs. They would carry big banners proclaiming their street or parish, along with a picture or name of a player from that area. This tradition continued on when the automobile replaced the horse and fans packed into buses with flags, banners, flutes, and bugles! They were usually heard before they were seen!

     

    The Celtic fans sang songs such as The Rising of the Moon and The Mountains of Mourne. The singing tradition of Celtic fans intensified in the 1920s when the so-called “shut the window” songs were sung out at home and away games, songs such as the Merry Ploughboy and Kevin Barry. To this very day, Irish folk and rebel ballads continue to be a staple of the Celtic fans songbook.

     

     

    The shamrock in the center circle at Celtic Park may be long gone but the same songs and Irish sentiment remain. Just look up at the flags that flutter above the stand at Celtic park – flying with pride next to the Saltire of Scotland is the tricolor of Ireland!

  20. macjay1/corkcelt et al

     

     

    One of the things that most troubled me about the ‘troubles’ happened around this time in Belfast in 1971. Three young men were found shot dead in a heap by a young Irish girl, Brenda Kielty. Now if you didn’t know, and she didn’t, John McCaig 17, his brother, Joseph McCaig 18, and their cousin Doug McCaughey 23 could have been young Irish lads killed by the Brits, but in fact they were young working class Scottish soldiers, on a night out. Doesn’t get much worse than that you would have thought but the thing that further troubled me at the time and since was the story that the soldiers had been caught up in a ‘honey trap’ set by young Irish women. Last week a programme shown in NI but not yet GB, made by the BBC Spotlight team, (who were also involved in the recent Secrtet History of the Troubles on BBC 4) claimed that far from any Irish girls involved the killings were the act of a former British Paratrooper, Paddy O’Kane, who had served in the British army in the late 1950s and early 1960s. A trained killer no doubt but one who had given up one cause and took up another. It may seem strange for me to say after all these years that I am glad in some way that no young girls appear to have been involved in their deaths but I am. Doesn’t lessen the deed though or the pain, but the fact is this happened before Bloody Sunday, was one of the worst incidents involving anyone at the time, and it was carried out by a former Brit, who may also have been involved in the Kingsmill massacre some years later. This happened ten years before Bobby Sands took his own stand, again for the cause, ergo not a whole lot of progress on any front during that time. An example perhaps, one of many, of what happens when the Scots and the Irish themselves get caught in a web weaved by others.

  21. Canamalar it looks like OCD obsession on

    The current Plc executive or temporary custodians might not want it now, that minority are transient, it’s quite obvious from our history that it has not always been the case nor can anyone claim it will be a permanent policy.

     

     

    I do love the hypocrisy and arrogance of the supporters of the current regime apparently secure that change will never happen so everyone should just accept that and conform. We all know change is the only constant and progress is most commonly achieved through nonconformity.

  22. Celtic Mac on 4th March 2020 4:02 pm

     

     

     

    ‘ An example perhaps, one of many, of what happens when the Scots and the Irish themselves get caught in a web weaved by others.’

     

     

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    The three dead squaddies could have just as easily been English.

     

     

    Trying to portray the Troubles as some kind of joint struggle between England on the one hand and the Irish and the Scots on the other is as desperate as it is offensive.

  23. In 50 games this season we’ve failed to score in two games – one meaningless game with a second string team away to Cluj and Livingston away when we played with ten men for 70 minutes

     

     

    it’s 30 games since we didn’t score in a meaningful game, we haven’t done it all season, 50 games, with 11 men on the park.

     

     

    In our last 4 games we have created 76 chances with 30 shots on goal and scored 6 goals

     

     

    8-0 Celtic

  24. FAVOURITE UNCLE on

    So let me get this right .You are a wee black boy living in KENYA and one day a BIG THING appears of the coast and starts firing a big gun at your village.these guys dressed in red coats come on to the beach and they start shooting all the men and raping all the woman.

     

     

    Night comes and they all get drunk and begin again.next day they gather all they people together and take them out to their BIG THINGS.before they go all the houses get burned down and the animals slaughtered .

     

     

    So the wee black boy finds his way to another village and he tells everyone about the terrible things he has witnessed.the tribe leader thanks the boy and gets all his people to hide in the forest.

     

     

    The people start to hear this story repeated over and over by lots of other wee boys.several years pass and by now and more people arrive and they start to work the land and grow crops.they hunt for THE DARKIES and make them work as slaves on the land they once owned.

     

     

    By now the wee boy and his pals are big strapping BLACK BASSAS so one night they come out of the forest with spears and knives and they smote the white farmer and his wife.they burn his house and crops and kill his wee Jack Russel.

     

     

    Word of this atrocity spreads far and wide and before you know it there are gangs of BLACK BASSAS roaming about seeking revenge.when the news filters back to were the white farmers came from the people of that land were pure dead affronted and they decided to send more men in even BIGGER THINGS to gain back control.

     

     

    SO lets call the white guys england and the BLACK BASSAS MAU MAU.

     

    They do battle for a few years and eventually the white guys pull stumps and head home.Saying all the while “we do not negotiate with terrorists”.

     

     

    This same story is repeated in 166 other countrys in the world and in everyone of those countries the wee boys who fight back are called terrorists.the morale of the story is if you are going to rape and pillage leave yir wee dug at hame.

  25. macjay1 for Neil Lennon on

    CORKCELT on 4TH MARCH 2020 4:01 PM

     

     

    Historical Facts.

     

    `Fraid not.

     

     

    FYI Only.

     

    ” The singing tradition of Celtic fans intensified in the 1920s when the so-called “shut the window” songs were sung out at home and away games, songs such as the Merry Ploughboy and Kevin Barry.”

     

     

     

    Dominic Behan , born `28 wrote ” The Merry Ploughboy ” .

     

     

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dominic_Behan

  26. ernie lynch

     

     

    Are you the same guy that stated yesterday that supporters from “all over the UK” would be travelling to support Celtic during the corona virus outbreak? I believe you are. I could be wrong but I think I know a fair bit more than you of who was likely to end up in Ireland in uniform in the early 1970s, and which regiments etc. A number of my friends included. At that particular point, at that particular army base, they could not have been English. The incident illustrated to me, but not to a Brit like yourself, how three young Scots of Irish descent were shot dead by a former British Paratrooper, now killing under the guise of the IRA. That is a tangled web. Don’t need any comment from the Brits.

  27. The Onlooker on

    Trying to discuss the entire span of Irish politics, the armed struggle, tactics of a small revolutionary army against the forces of large state etc. on a blog is futile.

     

    An observer once stated ” anyone who thinks they understand the Irish ‘situation’ is obviously not aware of all of the facts.”.

     

     

     

    As for tonight’s line-up…

     

    “anyone who thinks they understand Neil Lennon’s team selection is obviously not aware of all of the facts”

     

     

    The Onlooker

  28. No Bobby Does It Petta on

    IRA nonsense/Republicanism.

     

    I have a problem with it.

     

    But I will continue to support Celtic.

     

    I don’t need anyone’s permission.

  29. macjay1 for Neil Lennon on

    CELTIC MAC on 4TH MARCH 2020 4:39 PM

     

     

    Collusion between the British army , perhaps the British govt. , and protestant paramilitaries is beyond dispute.

  30. Back to Basics - Glass Half Full on

    Ach,

     

     

    this won’t do any good but here goes.

     

     

    To use some Glasgow vernacular, it looks like Macjay1 needs some “hauners”.

     

     

    I don’t like Celtic fans singing about the provisional IRA.

     

     

    I find it embarrassing.

     

     

    I think it damages the fans’ reputation.

     

     

    There you go.

     

     

    Hail hail

     

     

    Keep The Faith

  31. timmy7_noted on

    corkcelt on 4th March 2020 3:42 pm

     

     

    I’m a very infrequent poster these days and I definitely don’t want to get involved in your mini spat with the hectoring Antipodean fascist , his are one of many posts these days that I scroll by, however I did want to say I was glad you never engaged in one of his never ending tit for tat google sourced ‘discussions’. How he can really be a tim I’ll never understand.

     

     

    I genuinely enjoy your contributions and in general agree with all you footy based ones.

     

     

    Keep on telling it as it is and avoid the never ending dirge it does not make your day any better.

     

     

    Anyway all the best.

     

     

    Timmy7_noted.

  32. macjay1 for Neil Lennon on

    BACK TO BASICS – GLASS HALF FULL on 4TH MARCH 2020 4:56 PM

     

     

    Thanks for the hauners .

     

     

    Be assured.

     

    The good of Glasgow Celtic is my only motivation.

  33. rpmcelticfan on

    So who was the first British team to win the European cup ? :) Honestly folks take a break , life is short and there’s a game on later . ……… oh and remember the decedents of the folk who gave their lives for Irish freedom used that free choice to support English football teams , ya got ta laugh eh ?

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