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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. fairhill bhoy on

    EMERALDBEE-my favourite teacher was miss jones who helped me get my olevel in English.i was there the same time as jinkys boy James and Allan McManus the snooker player who should have been in my history class 😉

  2. Fool Time Whistle on

    So as far as I can make out..

     

     

    The Holy Cross Doggers Club has the follwoing members

     

     

    WeeBobbyCollins

     

    FairhillBhoy

     

    BourneSoupRecipe

     

    Fool Time Whistle

     

    The Unthank Road

     

    Westcraigs

     

    JockTim

     

    Friesdorfer

     

    EmeraldBee\O/ Still Proud to be an Internet Bampot*

     

    Hunderbirds ar Gone’s big sister – possibly

     

    NOT Prestonpans Bhoy

     

     

    *EmeraldBee as pupil and teacher.

     

     

    Add your name if you were there

     

    HH

  3. Fool Time Whistle on

    Kinglubo

     

     

    I loved the trumpet in the BB King version of Guess Who.

     

     

    Seemed to me it was either electronically altered with a Piezobarrel pickup or maybe it was even a digital trumpet…but the playing was great either way..

     

     

    HH

  4. BSR after 3 years and zero appearances with Man City ON joined Genoa on a 2 year loan with option to buy which they never took up even though he played around 40 games for them. Seems he had an attitude problem, who’d have thought that lol

  5. Fool Time Whistle on

    FOOL TIME WHISTLE on 6TH JULY 2019 10:43 PM

     

    So as far as I can make out..

     

     

    The Holy Cross Doggers Club has the following members

     

     

     

    Starry Plough

     

    WeeBobbyCollins

     

    FairhillBhoy

     

    BourneSoupRecipe

     

    Fool Time Whistle

     

    The Unthank Road

     

    Westcraigs

     

    JockTim

     

    Friesdorfer

     

    EmeraldBee\O/ Still Proud to be an Internet Bampot*

     

    Hunderbirds ar Gone’s big sister – possibly

     

    NOT Prestonpans Bhoy

     

     

    *EmeraldBee as pupil and teacher.

     

     

    Add your name if you were there

     

    HH

     

    ….

     

     

    Thanks FairhillBhoy

  6. Boys we are going to skoosh the league next year, 9 is going to be some buzz. Worry not.

  7. david17 on 6th July 2019 11:10 pm

     

     

    Boys we are going to skoosh the league next year, 9 is going to be some buzz. Worry not.

     

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    I’d put you in the worrier category, what’s happened??

  8. The hand of God on

    Interesting reading on catholic schools…my wife is a primary school deputy head teacher and as a non catholic she cannot apply for a job at a catholic school yet teachers who are catholic can freely apply for jobs in “non denominational schools”.Seems a bit unfair (even discriminatory) to me.Does it seem unfair to anyone else.

  9. WeefratheTim on

    Good evening,

     

     

    Is there a reason the blog is not updating unless you are logged in. Not that bothered but an irritation if you’re just popping in for an update. No hassle, just asking. HH

  10. Fool Time Whistle on

    THE HAND OF GOD on 7TH JULY 2019 12:14 AM

     

     

    Two things occur to me…

     

     

    Are “Catholic” teachers really Catholic in the religious sense or are they teachers who were originally educated in Catholic schools themselves?

     

    If they are still practising Catholics AND teachers then the recruitment and selection of staff at Non Catholic schools is biased against people like your wife.

     

     

    Where is the roadblock on her applying for jobs in Catholic schools?

     

    I assume that it’s the church, but the reality must be that the Education Authority AND parents of children at Non Catholic schools had to have endorsed this policy. Surely, or maybe not!!

     

     

    Which begs the follow up question of whether there is a shortage of Non Catholic teachers for the vacancies in Non Catholic schools while at the same time there is a surplus of Catholic teachers for the vacancies in Catholic schools. Thus the policy is designed, albeit in a wonky way, to ensure that all pupils have enough teachers.

     

     

    It badly needs explaning to all concerned with egos & religious affiliations left putside the discussion room.

     

     

    HH

     

     

     

     

    If not – then things need to be put on a level footing.

  11. Fool Time Whistle on

    WeeFratheTim

     

     

    I haven’t had that experience when I’m not logged in.

     

     

    HH

  12. macjay1 for Neil Lennon on

    THE HAND OF GOD on 7TH JULY 2019 12:14 AM

     

     

    A person of the Jewish Faith can apply for a job in a Madrassa.

  13. Canamalar it looks like OCD obsession on

    The hand of/fool time…,

     

    The teachers need to go through the Catholic teaching system a separate college which includes a fain amount of religious instruction that provides the framework for religious guidance suitable for Catholic children , I’m no sure but I doubt if the Catholic teachers colleges discriminate against who can apply/enter their courses as that would be sectarian. The end result is that all teachers at Catholic schools are qualified to provide religious guidance to the pupils.

     

     

    There are plenty on here who could answer that question better but I think that is the jist of it.

  14. CHAIRBHOY on 6TH JULY 2019 10:06 AM

     

    Good Morning Timland,

     

     

    I’m at a wee bit of a loss here, maybe someone can help me out.

     

     

    John Keane is retiring after exceptional and selfless dedication to the Celtic Football and Athletic Company. The Club and it’s rescue in the nineties.

     

     

    He has, as far as I can see, received deserved accolades for his part in this and the self-effacing way he has conducted himself.

     

     

    Could someone point out the part played by Peter Lawwell, I’m missing the point here.

     

     

    Hail Hail

     

     

    Hi chairbhoy hope your well

     

     

    I hope am not pickin you up wromg but to me PL,who was a Celtic man long before he became ceo,was probably as ceo thanking

     

    John keane as a fellow Celt and board member,for the pivotal role he played in our clubs history and primarily for continuation.

     

    :-)

     

    HH

     

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    Miss Hunderbirds well done on your degree

     

    We learn we get a wee bit better

     

     

    Congratulations to all at hunderbird hoos :-)

     

    HH

  15. Just reading back and have to say that I,m also a member of the Holy Cross doggin’ society :)

     

    61-68. Most of the latter days spent in the County Bar.

     

     

    The late Jack Mcloughlin was the mhan.

     

     

    Black Jack YNWA

  16. quadrophenian on

    Our sudden interest in Sawyers seems to have coincided with news that Harper signed an extension @ WBA.

     

    Lettuce hope Romaine can make the adjustment to the SPFL. From the Utube vids, he’s got a keen eye for goal and looks a decent passer – but shee, the pace of thon Championship is alarmingly slow. It’d need to be chop-chop for Romaine, whose salad days are hopefully yet to arrive………. HH

     

     

    Re schools, we were bussed 19 miles round trip as no kafflik secondary skools existed in our district.

  17. Good morning friends from a dry and mild but cloud covered (haven’t seen them things in a week!) East KIlbride. Just 2 more sleeps till the season kicks off ;-)

  18. Hunderbirds are Gone on

    Thanks all for the congrats and supportive messages to Miss H, she will be amused and pleased when I show her.

     

    Anyone know the kick off time of our game midweek?

     

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