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In 1994, when the Bank of Scotland told Celtic they would not pay wages the next day as the club was overdrawn, the old board had finally run out of road.  That evening, chairman, Kevin Kelly, informed John Keane of the situation.  Keane asked his manager at Bank of Ireland to deposit £1m in Celtic’s account at Bank of Scotland as soon as the branch opened the next morning.

Keane had been one of those working to open Celtic up and break the stranglehold of the three families who had largely controlled the club for decades.  He became a director when the old board was replaced and retired from that position today.

That £1m payment was made without control or agreements, there was no guarantee it would save the club or that the old regime would actually move on.  Keane later said, “Administration was unthinkable. It would have been a slur upon the name of the Club.”

Had the wages not been paid, Celtic would have entered administration, and this would not have been like the Craig Whyte-appointed Rangers administration. High earners would have been released, anything sellable would have been sold.  Celtic would have been left with the lowest cost squad able to fulfil fixtures.

The most striking aspect about John Keane is his contentment for others to take the limelight.  He tells no one what he did.  It has never been about him, always Celtic.

Not all Celtic heroes wear hoops.

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  1. So according to Kierans agent, the only bid has been from Arenal and that was a pittance. Kieran is happy at Celtic and isn’t actively looking for a move. If true, that is very positive.

  2. Woman’s football has come a long, long way in terms of the standard.

     

     

    The techical ability has improved a lot in the last few years and some of the ‘better’ players are a joy to watch.

     

     

    I think one of the main reasons it’s no longer peceived to be a bit of a joke (as it once was) is the quality of goalkeeping in the main has improved so the ‘comical’ goals arent as common

     

     

    I’ve enjoyed this World Cup

  3. DAVID17 on 6TH JULY 2019 5:17 PM

     

    So according to Kierans agent, the only bid has been from Arenal and that was a pittance. Kieran is happy at Celtic and isn’t actively looking for a move. If true, that is very positive.

     

     

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    Hope we’ve kept the receipt from the Boli transfer…….

  4. weebobbycollins on

    FTW…indeed it was wee Joe…

     

    I presume he was wee…only a wee guy could have fitted in that wee van…

  5. Holy Cross doggers?

     

     

    When dogging was dogging, and latin was Wee Gal or Big Reid?

     

     

    Liam Fox Tory cabinet minister is the son of Wullie or Matt not sure which? – sure

     

    none of them along with Paul McStay or Phil O’Donnell were in the clique.

  6. On the subject of Kafflik Schools here’s where we are in 2019 Scotland apparently Scotland is still defining sectarianism

     

     

    Police Scotland has raised concerns that anti-sectarianism organisations are teaching that Catholic schools are ‘ipso facto sectarian.’

     

     

    The comments were made by Police Scotland’s Safer Communities, Equality and Diversity Unit in a response to a government consultation on hate crime.

     

     

    The consultation considered whether or not to introduce a specific sectarianism ‘aggravation,’ that could be attached to hate crime charges.

     

     

    Police response

     

     

    Arguing against the introduction of such a measure, the police response said: “In our view, the suggested aggravation for sectarianism is likely to reduce clarity, transparency and consistency.

     

     

    “At present there is no consistent understanding of what is encompassed by the term ‘sectarianism,’ and this can unintentionally mask what is meant, as similar language is used by different people to mean different things.”

     

     

    ‘Lack of clarity’

     

     

    By way of example, the Police response added: “It may be helpful to draw attention to recent examples of the lack of clarity and consistency in the current understanding of what is encompassed by the term ‘sectarianism.’

     

     

    “In 2018, separate training courses in ‘anti-sectarianism’ were run on multiple occasions by separate

     

     

    Scottish voluntary organisations.

     

     

    “In their content or delivery, these courses treated the existence of Catholic schools as ipso facto sectarian, despite the clear guidance provided by Scottish Government’s advisory group on tackling sectarianism in Scotland, that ‘We do not believe that sectarianism stems from, or is the responsibility of, denominational schooling, or, specifically, Catholic schools, or that sectarianism would be eradicated by closing such institutions.’”

     

     

    Church criticism

     

     

    Anti-sectarianism groups have previously been criticised by the Church for positions on Catholic schooling. In 2011, the Church criticised Nil By Mouth for proposing ‘more shared campuses’ as part of a 13-point plan to tackle sectarianism in Scotland.

     

     

    Barbara Coupar, director of the Scottish Catholic Education Service (SCES), said the ‘police concerns illustrate why the careful use of language, and a clear understanding of what we mean when we use certain terms is vitally important, particularly when relating to, and teaching young people about, sensitive and challenging topics.’

     

     

    “The Church continues to welcome the guidance provided by the Scottish Government’s advisory group on tackling sectarianism in Scotland, when it clearly stated, ‘We do not believe that sectarianism stems from, or is the responsibility of, denominational schooling, or, specifically, Catholic schools, or that sectarianism would be eradicated by closing such institutions.’”

     

     

    Concern

     

     

    Mrs Coupar added: “The fact that training sessions about anti-sectarianism are still referring to Catholic schools in the content of the delivery is concerning.

     

     

    “While we all may know that ‘sectarian’ literally means belonging to or associated with a sect, in everyday usage in Scotland it is understood as relating to hateful, divisive and unlawful actions.

     

     

    “Using the word sectarian to describe Catholic schools, especially in anti-sectarian training sessions, hinders national progress in actually tackling the issue.”

     

     

    Government analysis

     

     

    The police response was revealed as an analysis by the Scottish Government of the hate crime consultation was published last week.

     

     

    It found that ‘the overall balance of opinion was opposed to the introduction of legislation relating to sectarianism.’

     

     

    The SCO previously reported that the Catholic Church opposed the introduction of a new sectarianism aggravation.

     

     

    Its consultation response also stressed that freedom of belief and religion must be upheld by any proposals and stated that there is a ‘very real danger’ that expressing Catholic beliefs will become a hate crime amid a ‘present culture of heightened sensitivity.’

  7. DAVID17 on 6TH JULY 2019 5:17 PM

     

    So according to Kierans agent, the only bid has been from Arenal and that was a pittance. Kieran is happy at Celtic and isn’t actively looking for a move. If true, that is very positive.

     

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    Arenal ??? can’t believe that wee bit of Mallorca would have the pesetas for oor Kieran.

  8. Thought that I knew all there was to know about Celtic but always great to hear something new about the club and really enjoyed Paul’s story about john Keane and his unbelieveable loyalty to the club, founded by a Sligoman and saved by a Mayoman.

     

     

    It was also interesting to note CQNrs Catach story about the Gorbals being at one time the biggest Gaeltacht in Britain. Still being educated regarding Celtic’s past.

  9. I was at holy cross in the mid to late sixties.

     

    Favourite memory is of a girl called Maureen who had the most beautiful big br….

     

    Brown eyes.

  10. BSR

     

     

    I don’t know why you are giving me a thumbs up my fenian friend… but I will gladly accept it :O) hh

  11. Olivier Ntcham’s comments to the French press spell out his Celtic exit, but should come as no surprise, and the sooner he’s away back to his homeland the better. His failure to turn up at the Bosman dome especially, or pick up the pace of the hurly burly SPL will be his legacy, and cash fuelled France will compensate for our £4.5M splash to Man City who’d already sussed him out.

     

     

    The classic Celtic enigma player ( played a good game wance ) flatters to deceive, and were he not bought from the EPL he’d have been slaughtered by Celtic fans, long before now.

     

     

    Even Lee Congerton’s garbled notes had him away.

     

     

    Au revoir, merci beaucoup CSC

  12. FOOL TIME WHISTLE

     

    Sorrrry for late reply. Thanks for that, certainly brings the memories flooding back.. not sure who the Trumpet guy is but pretty good stuff.

     

    Great too to see SOUTH OF TUNIS back on, he’s been missed.

     

    I will dig out a trumpet solo for you soon, so watch this space,OK

     

     

    KINGLuBO

  13. glendalystonsils on

    Olivier Ntcham……wage thief . Not in the class of Marvellous Marvin for wage thievery but a wage thief nonetheless. Took 100% of the wages he was due for less than 50% of the effort.

  14. IniquitousIV on

    FOOL TIME WHISTLE @4:26

     

    Champions league transfer deadlines:

     

    Round 1 – July 5

     

    Round 2 – July 19

     

    Round 3 – Aug 2

     

    Play offs. – Aug 16

     

    SPL Close of window – Sept 2

     

    Hope this helps

     

    INIQUITOUSIV

  15. the unthank road on

    Lots of Holy Cross memories today. My memory is not the best but, aye ,big Reid taught Latin, my worst subject, he was just starting Russian as I left. Matt and Willie Reid, good guys. Mr Fitzpatrick, brilliant . Tommy Reilly, least said. Mr Coyle an angel who got me a “o”. Used to be able to go to the bookies in school uniform. Got caught by mr Moulds, art teacher while having a pint in Chandlers???? just before the baths area.??? Good guy didn’t report us, think I was drinking with hi wee brother. Heedie;- Sanny, as in Ca ne fait rien !

  16. GreeninbingleyinOslo on

    Olivier Ntcham

     

     

    In the unlikely event of you lurking on here, you should take a look at this. Especially the shots of Samaras with wee Jay.

     

     

    https://youtu.be/79pfeeadvQ8

     

     

    “I wanted to love a club and for it to love me back, so they could remember something.

     

    “This club for me is Celtic.

     

    “I have seen players coming here for six months, one year or two years and maybe they have played 60-70 games and they won’t be remembered.

     

    “I have tried my best and tried to help my teammates be successful.

     

    “But the most important thing is that it’s good for me to know that I have a connection at the club and that’s really important. I am not a passenger.”

     

     

    – Georgios Samaras

     

     

    Good luck wherever you end up, Ollie.

  17. Greeninbingley

     

    As soon as BSR mentioned enigma, I thought immediately of Georgie Bhoy. 😆

     

    But like you have pointed out – a different class of enigma was the big Greek.

     

    Ntcham is really hammering home the true meaning.

     

    Ooh ah CSC

  18. Big Georges Fan Club - Hail, Hail, Wee Oscar on

    BOURNESOUPRECIPE on 6TH JULY 2019 6:12 PM

     

    On the subject of Kafflik Schools here’s where we are in 2019 Scotland apparently Scotland is still defining sectarianism

     

    ….

     

    Police Scotland has raised concerns that anti-sectarianism organisations are teaching that Catholic schools are ‘ipso facto sectarian.

     

    ….

     

    By way of example, the Police response added: “It may be helpful to draw attention to recent examples of the lack of clarity and consistency in the current understanding of what is encompassed by the term ‘sectarianism.’

     

     

    “In 2018, separate training courses in ‘anti-sectarianism’ were run on multiple occasions by separate Scottish voluntary organisations.

     

     

    “In their content or delivery, these courses treated the existence of Catholic schools as ipso facto sectarian, despite the clear guidance provided by Scottish Government’s advisory group on tackling sectarianism in Scotland, that ‘We do not believe that sectarianism stems from, or is the responsibility of, denominational schooling, or, specifically, Catholic schools, or that sectarianism would be eradicated by closing such institutions.’”

     

     

    Anti-sectarianism groups have previously been criticised by the Church for positions on Catholic schooling. Church criticised Nil By Mouth …

     

    Its consultation response also stressed that freedom of belief and religion must be upheld by any proposals and stated that there is a ‘very real danger’ that expressing Catholic beliefs will become a hate crime amid a ‘present culture of heightened sensitivity.’

     

     

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    Cheers BSR.

     

     

    Some very worrying moves against Catholicism in Scotland – more sleekit than has been the case previously, but there remains a now more-covert movement to attack Catholics and Catholicism.

     

     

    Surprised (pleasantly) that Police Scotland are one of the groups opposed to these machinations.

     

     

    HH

     

    BGFC

  19. leftclicktic on

    Congratulations to Ms Hunderbirds on her degree and also to her proud parents.

     

     

    I stay in ML5 and for the 1st time in my life I never heard a flute or a drum on the day the orcs march.

     

    They are dying out year by year.

  20. BOURNESOUPRECIPE on 6TH JULY 2019 6:08 PM

     

    Holy Cross doggers?

     

     

    Liam Fox Tory cabinet minister is the son of Wullie or Matt not sure which?

     

     

    Bourne, it was Wullie. Matt was the nice guy who eventually became the Heidie at Holy X before he died with cancer, far too young. Never liked Wullie Fox as a teacher, then years later I went back to Holy X as a teacher. That was a bit weird, working with guys that taught me, but reinforced my opinion that Wullie Fox was a poor teacher/colleague.

     

     

    Will never forget his face when, in the car back to East Kilbride where we lived, I asked him “How does it feel having a Tory for a son?” The guy driving nearly hit the wee bridge that East Kilbridies will know so well!!

     

     

    To upset Fairhill Bhoy, I taught in Holy Cross 1978 – 1985. Hope I was nice to you if I came across you.

  21. i was

     

    driving past blacks of greenock, slippy g was there i wonder why?????

     

     

    marqueesignings csc :)

  22. Hrvatski Jim on

    “Orange walks are a series of parades held annually by massively insecure homophobes on a regular basis during the summer in Ulster, mostly in Scotland, occasionally in England, and throughout the Commonwealth”.

     

     

    As described in Google.

  23. Fool Time Whistle on

    INIQUITOUSIV on 6TH JULY 2019 7:50 PM

     

    FOOL TIME WHISTLE @4:26

     

     

    Champions league transfer deadlines:

     

    Round 1 – July 5

     

    Round 2 – July 19

     

    Round 3 – Aug 2

     

    Play offs. – Aug 16

     

    SPL Close of window – Sept 2

     

    Hope this helps

     

    INIQUITOUSIV

     

    …………….

     

     

    Indeed it does help, thank you.

     

     

    HH