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McGRAIN’S SYMPATHY FOR BROWN AND CO

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DANNY McGRAIN, Celtic’s legendary right-back and skipper, admitted he has sympathy for Scott Brown and Co

The former Hoops onfield leader, now 70, feels sorry for the current captain and the rest of Neil Lennon’s players for being denied the chance to complete another historic season.

The champions were heading for a record-equalling ninth successive league title as they led the Premiership by 13 points with only eight games to play.when the game went into lockdown in mid-March due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The Parkhead giants, with the League Cup already won in December, were also due to play Aberdeen in the Scottish Cup semi-final on Easter Sunday and a victory would have seen the holders play the winners of the Hibs v Hearts tie in the silverware showdown that would have been played two days ago.

Barring any unforeseen shock results, Celtic could have been celebrating a phenomenal quadruple treble at the weekend.

Thirty-four-year-old Brown has missed out on the opportunity of waving aloft the Scottish Cup for the fourth successive campaign.

In short, the Hoops were a maximum seven matches away from completing a fourth consecutive term in which they would have picked up a truly astonishing TWELVE domestic honours in a row.

McGrain, speaking to The Herald, said: “The chance has been taking away from them. I am sure it will get finished later in the year when football starts up again.

“But going to Hampden in May to play in the Scottish Cup Final is a great tradition and they have been denied that.

“Still, they have got to give them the Premiership. I think they deserve it.”

ALL GOOD THINGS COME TO THOSE WHO WAIT…

CQN would like to thank our readers for their patience in the interruption to the launch of Alex Gordon’s latest Celtic book, ‘Fifty Flags’, which was due to be published in March.

Unfortunately, production of the tome, which thoroughly examines the glorious half-century of seasons in which the Parkhead men were crowned Scotland champions, came to an unfortunate halt due to the coronavirus pandemic lockdown.

The support for ‘Fifty Flags’ has been overwhelming and author Alex said: “The response to the book has been utterly astonishing and I can only say how totally grateful I am to CQN readers for their backing. I can only hope it will be worth the wait.

“We are depending on the printers letting us know when the run will commence and we are in their hands at the moment. It will be published this year and CQN will keep the readers up to date. Thanks for your patience, folks. It’s much appreciated. 

“Main thing, though, in these testing times is to take care and stay safe. See you all when we get the green light.”

 
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