Milan, the incredible Paul Murray, Tyneside No 1


I never like to hear Celtic fans talk about weaknesses in opponents like Milan. They may be weaker than they were a decade ago but Milan have never been weak. The one thing Celtic have in their favour is the element of surprise, despite last season’s epic achievements. Milan will have read the screaming headlines, ‘spine of the team sold’. They will know little about how effective Celtic can use the vast open spaces of the San Siro.

After defending resolutely against Barca, Celtic looked like a far better team against a less effective Juventus but we found the limit to our abilities. Juve exploited the gaps in defence left as we took the game to them. I would rather defend in numbers and take our chances on the break than try to go toe-to-toe in midfield.

The San Siro seems to bring the best out of Celtic. Jock Stein went there three times, drawing after 90 minutes on each occasion; losing once after extra time. Gordon Strachan’s team were also level after regulation time, losing only after extra time, and lost narrowly in a Champions League group stage game. Martin O’Neill’s Celtic came within three minutes of securing a draw before conceding twice late on.

There can be fewer European grounds on which Celtic have performed as well. Wednesday will require another almighty and intense effort but that is something Celtic are never lacking. Milan may not fear us, but they have reason to be worried.

I listened to former Rangers director Paul Murray on BBC Radio Scotland over the weekend. I know books have been written on the downfall of that club but I could write one on his own contribution. As a non-executive director, Murray’s job was to be the eyes and ears of other shareholders, to ensure the business of the club was in order and carried out properly. He was in a position to ask awkward questions, in fact, it was his job to ask awkward questions and to ensure threats to the club were uncovered and addressed.

In this instance he failed absolutely. Despite this, he trumpeted the 50% decline in the club’s debt during his tenure as a badge of honour, he told us his namesake, Sir David, was exclusively responsible for the sale to Craig Whyte and for the consequences of the EBT debacle. We were informed that Rangers won their EBT case, despite the fact that during the First Tier Tribunal the club accepted they operated an illegal tax scheme for five players, and the remaining issues are a matter of appeal.

Most bizarrely of all he rejected Lord Nimmo Smith’s findings on the conduct of his board before telling us he is absolutely certain he would be judged fit and proper to be a director of a football club. No remorse, not even a hint of self awareness.

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  1. BOBBY MURDOCH'S CURLED-UP WINKLEPICKERS forza Oscar and Mackenzie on




    On a quick back of a fag packet calculation,with a 60,000 crowd-roughly 2 to power 16-and a starting point of around 90db per fan,Celtic Park should be approaching 140db.

  2. weeman67



    I seem to recall a reading being done during a scotland world cup qualifier at CP, possibly in ’97?


    Don’t know the level that was recorded but read that it was akin to a jumbo jet taking off.



    I reckon the record could have been beaten when T Watt scored against Barca last year. I reckon it was 100db in my living room alone….

  3. Was out of the office all week and returned today to the usual 100+ e mails. This one caught my attention. Some Villa fans who were up at the game were in awe of the stadium and sent the link below, plus the comment;



    “What a day, what a team, what a support. Never experienced anything like that. You must take me to a European game at Celtic Park.”



    2 of them actually appeared in the video linked below, so they were delighted.



    Anyhow, for anyone who hasn’t seen it, a very emotional video.






  4. GlassTwoThirdsFull.



    “Problem is they seem to think it’s the same club – or do they…..?



    Well this is the thing, rather than bringing clarity the sfa’s silence and the attack on Jim Spence ensures we’re not dealing with the substantive issue regarding these Directors.



    If Paul Murray argues the myth, Rangers Football Club didn’t go bust, then was he a Director of the Holding Company? He was certainly a Director of something that went into liquidation.



    Now taking that to the logically conclusion, the Club ccouldn’t have Directors.






    Why have the Director’s rule regards a Club going into Administration or TF&PPT.



    That nonsense aside, the fact is BBC Trust doing an inquiry into Jim Spence’s syntax rather than the point he was trying to make based on facts. That what an Editorial Commission should be looking at.



    Hail Hail

  5. Philbhoy - Bring it on!!!! on

    Jackson also appers to lay all the blame on and post, Craig Whyte.



    So SDM had nothing to do with the demise and death of the huns.



    The truth at last.



    Ye canny beat it.

  6. 67Heaven



    Looks like they pulled the Keith Jackson piece in todays Record for a spot of re-editing



    There was a few observations that would have had Jack Irvine foaming at the mouth



    I liked this one…



    “Truly, this club has become toxic beyond belief”

  7. Philbhoy - Bring it on!!!! on

    “Truly, this club has become toxic beyond belief”






    I can believe that.

  8. The Narrowbhoat Tim on

    geordie munro



    No offence taken as my return post was also a pun on mushrooms as “Morel” (not moral) is a type of mushroom, most connoisseurs of fungi would know this unless you were kept in the dark like a ……. oh never-mind :-)

  9. LiviBhoy - God bless wee Oscar on

    Neil Lennon has already stated that James Forrest will not travel to Milan.


    Mulgrew will play midfield if fit I reckon and Samaras will play too. If Mathews is fit I can see Izzy being dropped.


    I think we have a great chance of at least a point. Man mark Ballotelli.




  10. BOBBY MURDOCH'S CURLED-UP WINKLEPICKERS forza Oscar and Mackenzie on




    Personally,I’m delighted that time has proven SDM to be in the clear.



    It wouldn’t do to have a Knight of the Realm complicit in defrauding investors,creditors and HM Government.



    I seem to recall Lester Piggott being stripped of his knighthood for less.

  11. Hamiltontim is praying for Oscar on

    ‘Toxic’ as a result of petty infighting.



    Yet when their supporters spouted sectarian bile across Europe they were considered the standard bearers of Scottish football?!



    Typical but equally pathetic.

  12. Keeck jackson is one big hurting hun!what a pile of dung that was,he said the same things about whyte and Green now its Murray he trusts..lets hope he sticks with sevco and this time he will sink to the bottom with the whole rotten corpse of club..”held on to its history..”oh my god when will it end ?the only fact he has in that pleading collum is “truly,this club has become toxic beyond belief”lets hope keeck is on hms sevco when it plunges to the depths h.h

  13. Miki67 R.I.P.


    thoughts and prayers with your family . you dont need them anymore, you are in the company of some greats .

  14. Narrowbhoat



    Oh well played sir.



    Every day is a school day for me.







    Mathews in for izzy at lb in back 4?



    Mulgrew in for derk? Who is Sammy in for?




  15. Hamiltontim is praying for Oscar on

    I really like Matthews, he’s quick, strong and has the stamina required to play as an attacking full back.



    However, I do have a slight concern that he appears to get injured every time he’s tackled.

  16. BOBBY MURDOCH'S CURLED-UP WINKLEPICKERS forza Oscar and Mackenzie on

    Btw,it should read between mushrooms and this band.



    If anyone cares….

  17. It couldn’t be more obvious that Jingle Jackson is aligning himself (and the DR) with the McColl/Murray camp and that line about the history is purely to show that he/they are on the fans side, and what they report will be from the angle of the fans. It screams “despite backing Whyte and then Green and being wrong on both occasions you can trust us now”.



    It’s a bit pathetic to be honest.




    I seem to remember from my youth reading that tenement windows were shattered outside Celtic Park/Hampden when Celtic had scored a goal, would probably have been late 50’s early 60’s….the wine has skuttled my memory…??

  19. After reading Jackson’s piece and wiping the vomit from my mouth I thought about the Paul Murray interview on BBC.Don’t know if anyone can help but did Jackson ask Murray one single question. I know he was on the show cos I heard him on it earlier (comparing the penalty Celtic got to the Hearts claim as identical ???) TBF to Spiers and English they at least asked a couple of probing questions but I don’t mind Jackson asking anything at all. Do you think he might be trying to get Jabbas job if McColls crowd gets in ?

  20. Are none of our new signings going to play on Wednesday night, no Biton, no Pukki/Balde, does only the centre half merit a start, will Boerichter play if Sammi does? bad transfer window if that is the case.

  21. LiviBhoy - God bless wee Oscar on

    Geordie Munro



    Not sure who will be juggled to slot them in and who will be dropped but I expect Mulgrew and Samaras to play from the start.


    I would also expect Izzaguire to be dropped. He is weak at the back post for me. The Italians will be a tough test.




  22. tigertim


    14:27 on


    16 September, 2013


    Are none of our new signings going to play on Wednesday night, no Biton, no Pukki/Balde, does only the centre half merit a start, will Boerichter play if Sammi does? bad transfer window if that is the case.



    Was thinking exactly the same thing



    Puzzled csc

  23. BOBBY MURDOCH'S CURLED-UP WINKLEPICKERS forza Oscar and Mackenzie on




    I suspect a lot of windows were shattered when Celtic scored.



    Either from radios or wives gaun through them as huns reverted to type.

  24. The Narrowbhoat Tim on

    bobby murdoch’s curled-up winklepickers


    forza oscar and mackenzie



    Is the answer you have to be high on Mushrooms with psychoactive properties to enjoy the band?




    A man it a?



    Flowers of Guatemala CSC

  25. BOBBY MURDOCH'S CURLED-UP WINKLEPICKERS forza Oscar and Mackenzie on




    Above to WEEMAN67 and not WEEMINGER.



    Been a hard shift,not used to that on a Monday(smallest violin in the world,etc)

  26. Jack Irvine is spin doctor for the Easdales and Craig Mather.



    Jangle Jackson is spin doctor for Paul Murray and McColl.



    Remember that and everything about that shambles makes some sort of sense.

  27. Lustig—-Ambrose—-Virgil—–Izzy











    There are plenty of options of course.



    – Charlie could play at LB instead of Izzy (very effective against Shakter)


    – Pukki could operate as a lone striker and Sammy playing on the left


    – Matthews has played on the right wing pretty well when given the chance as well



    The squads in a pretty good place now. I wouldn’t expect Biton to play any part on Wed but that’s something to look forward to. Guys like Rogic will have a lot to do to get into the first team.

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