Players grounded in their community


It is quite incredible that the European Cup/Champions League final has not been held in Lisbon, one of Europe’s major football cities, since 25 May 1967.  Lisbon is the home of one of the early giants of the tournament, and has had imposing cathedral-stadiums ever since, all but one of which was brought up to modern standards for Euro 2004.

When the Lisbon Lions return to the city of their greatest triumph, one day before its 47th anniversary, they will once more represent Celtic on the world stage, just as they did in the Lisbon sun all those years ago, and on hundreds of occasions since, when they have pitched up at supporter or media events.

This is a team of The Ages.  The games’ dignitaries will pay homage to them next month, while locals of an older generation will recall their youth with a glint in their eyes.  Delighted their going back, hope they bring their boots.

We’re in for a treat in the run up to this year’s final.

Well done to the Celtic fans who rallied round to buy Johnny Doyle’s 1977 Cup Final shirt for his family.  Stunning work.

Is it unacceptable to say ‘Hearts are going bust’?  The only disputable element of this claim is its transient nature; Hearts are already bust.  I think it’s commendable that a Celtic player mixes socially and culturally with Hibs fans, who he previously performed for.  Remember and acknowledge those who helped you on the way up.

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  1. bognorbhoy oscar in my thoughts on

    Young guns in stroll over Sevco.




  2. maestro-number8 on

    I’d just like to say a HUGE thank-you to Paul 67.



    I have a special Celtic jersey worn by one of the Lions when the Celtic 67 players had a half time kick about against the Man United 68 team. This was during a friendly in July 1992 between Celtic and Man United to celebrate the 25th anniversary of Lisbon.



    Anyway it was already signed by Willie Wallace, John Fallon, Bobby Lennox, Bertie Auld, Billy McNeill and John Clark.



    Paul 67 managed to get 3 more signatures added for me: Tommy Gemmell, John Hughes and Charlie Gallagher.



    All 9 are Celtic Legends.



    Now the aim is to add Jim Craig and Stevie Chalmers.




  3. jamesgang



    12:55 on 1 April, 2014





    If you’re lurking. Arr in Edinburgh mhate and it’s pure pi88ing doon as Judith the Weather might say. So bad that even a soap dodging Weedgie like me might be clean by the time I get to my meeting.






    HH. Jamesgang



    I know it’s childish, but heyho, we all enjoy winning it:-)



    I’ll look forward to reading about and seeing the Lisbon Lions in Lisbon, it will be a nostalgic, emotional trip for them.


    And well done to those who purchase Johnny Doyles top and saw it got home.

  5. Doc! What you like!!! Goal hinger extraordinaire! ;-)



    Right. Aff oot Timdom. KTF



    HH jamesgang

  6. Kilbowie Kelt will vote YES on

    To expect the vote on Scottish independence, the most important election EVER held in this country, to be ignored by ANY blog is fanciful.


    If you have no vote & are not interested,… TOUGH. Scroll on by.


    Most people in this country care passionately about the outcome & WILL debate it. Rightly so.


    I admit that it is not as fascinating as some of the bizarre subjects that some posters find worthy of discussion. Racism, Fascism, sectarianism,TV progammes, down to snow bunnies & Mrs Mols, are apparently all acceptable topics for CQN,… but not a one & only chance for Scotland to henceforth make it own decisions without any input from ANYBODY other than ourselves.


    So think about it. Talk about it. Post about it…. Just DON’T IGNORE IT.



    This chance will NEVER AGAIN present itself.

  7. Paul 67,



    I agree about LG but wouldn’t be too happy if he was drinking lots of alcohol at the time. The headline showed that anti Celtic copy still flourishes. Yet Celtic do business with that vile newspaper.

  8. Bom dia,



    Dunno if it’s made UK news yet, but a real shoite storm brewing in Uruguyan fitba. Behind the scenes all the hallmarks of a real big business conspiracy – FIFA, the Government, TV rights, Puma v Addidas and this year’s World Cup to name but a few.



    I cribbed this out of one of the Uruguyan papers this morning…..



    Conflict with government over violence in Uruguayan football could have FIFA consequences



    Uruguayan Football Association (AUF) president Sebastián Bauza and the entire body’s board of directors have tendered their resignations, as a fierce conflict sparked by President José Mujica’s decision to remove police officers from the country’s two most popular teams’ matches (Peñarol and Nacional) generally marred by violence and destruction.



    The match between Nacional and Newell’s Boys and following violence triggered the current situation. However the decision could have further consequences if FIFA (the world’s football ruling board) considers that the stepping down of the AUF board of directors was the result of ‘government interference’.



    The AUF revealed the decision through a letter published on the Association website, stating “the events of public notoriety that have occurred in recent times show the need to take a step to the side and allow other political institutions to govern football.”


    The statement affirms that “football needs decisions to be taken and current political-institutional conditions do not allow for this to happen.



    ”The executive board has worked with the sole objective of helping football and now, the perception is that has become an obstacle to continuing this line of work.”



    Bauzá’s resignation takes place following the controversy created after violent incidents at the end of a Copa Libertadores match between Nacional and Argentina’s Newell’s Old Boys in Uruguay’s main stadium last week, the end of which was marked by clashes between the police and home supporters.



    The police reported 13 officers injured and 38 arrests following the clashes. Given a repeat of this kind of incidents Mujica decided to remove officers from certain arenas.


    On Sunday the Uruguayan Footballers’ Union ordered Peñarol and Miramar Misiones players not to play their league match, considering that there were no guarantees of safety due to the absence of police. That action meant the AUF board was forced to abandon the game, in the ninth round of the national championship.



    Mujica is scheduled to meet later this week with the presidents of Peñarol and Nacional to further discuss the issue which could have consequences for Uruguay’s international football activities.



    If FIFA understands that there has been ‘government interference’ with the managing of local football it can go as far as having Uruguay suspended from the coming World Cup in Brazil.



    The situation is not easy or isolated since several Uruguayan teams are already also clashing with Conmebol, the South American Football Association regarding television rights and have presented a claim before a Uruguayan court, something which under FIFA rules could also be interpreted as questioning the board’s decisions.



    PS. I know it’s a Celtic fitba site, but it’s worth having a read about Uruguay’s President, Mijuica. Wonder how many other world leaders (if any) have a comparable biog?




  9. TheOriginalSadiesBhoy on

    From last blog,






    12:53 on 1 April, 2014





    12:50 on 1 April, 2014





    Baited, bagged, heisted, conned and flim-flammed!!! Ya rascal :-))

  10. Steinreignedsupreme on

    Paul 67 –



    Leigh Griffiths could easily have avoided making the front pages had he demanded to know the names of people he already knew the identity of, or produced a bundle of blank A4 sheets of paper with ‘the names’ of people involved in Scottish football who make bets on football games they are involved in.



    The Bhoy needs to wise up…

  11. SFTB,



    Just to be clear, I haven’t seen the video and don’t know about Mr G’s drinking habits. Just hope our players are well disciplined. I endorse his song choice though.



    All the best.

  12. TheOriginalSadiesBhoy on

    kilbowie kelt will vote yes



    12:59 on 1 April, 2014






  13. LiviBhoy - God bless wee Oscar on

    I backed Leigh to the hilt before he signed. The Bhoy deserved a chance to play for Celtic. I have spoken to guys at work who were with him on Sunday. He was drunk. He was in good fettle. He posed for pictures with everyone who asked for one. He spent a lot of time with young kids who idolised him. He was having fun with his friends and went to watch the team he supports. I do think he was a bit over the top with his behaviour. Never done a lot wrong but was maybe a wee bit over excited on the day. I did hear that he went into the Tesco across from the Roseburn Bar and bought two bottles of lucozade and stuck the receipt to his head and walked into the pub to much laughter. There is no doubt he isn;t a bad lad but certainly a bit daft. I’m sure Neil Lennon will have a quiet word and tell him to tone it down slightly in future. For the record most Hearts fans at work don;t have a huge problem with it and see it as banter. The boy takes some abuse from Jambo’s. I hope Celtic don’t have a big problem with what he did but quietly ask him to tone it down next time.




  14. Kilbowie Kelt will vote YES on



    I am pretty sure that you know as well as I do, that there will never be a more propitious time than right now to get rid of our long-time oppressors.



    ‘ Now’s the time & now’s the hour……..’




    Good luck.

  15. Billy Bhoy 05 on

    Kilbowie Kelt



    Very well put….300 years of waiting and fholk are moaning






    This is the big chance…how many on this site will be going strong in 30 years?

  16. “If you have no vote & are not interested,… TOUGH. Scroll on by.”



    Selfish, self centred attitude, seems to be an ugly trait amongst seperatists.



    I WILL scroll on past your rants. See what you’ve done here, brought me down to your level, I’m disappointed with myself.



    Why not rant at people who are interested in your message?………..somewhere else!!!

  17. Livibhoy



    No idea what your current job is but pretty sure I saw CFC recruitment looking for a man-child-minder for the Edinburgh area. Fancy the gig?






    HH jamesgang

  18. leftclicktic We are all Neil Lennon on

    embramike supporting wee Oscar and Res 12




    12:40 on 1 April, 2014




    Grant Russell ‏@STVGrant · 23m


    Imran Ahmad has been granted permission to see Rangers documents relating to retail projections and turnover.



    Grant Russell ‏@STVGrant · 21m


    Imran Ahmad has also been granted permission to see missives and leases relating to buyback of Albion Car Park he claims he was involved in



    Grant Russell ‏@STVGrant · 20m


    Rangers also agree to hand over relevant emails from Ahmad’s club inbox and sent folder to a commissioner within next three weeks.



    Grant Russell ‏@STVGrant · 18m


    Rangers successfully delayed handing over “commercially sensitive” Puma and Sports Direct contracts to Ahmad for time being.



    Grant Russell ‏@STVGrant · 16m


    Potential handing over of those contracts to Ahmad will be discussed on May 13 at the Court of Session.



    Grant Russell ‏@STVGrant · 7m


    Rangers said in court they feared confidential details of Puma and Sports Direct deals could be leaked if handed over in full to Ahmad.



    Grant Russell ‏@STVGrant · 7m


    Confidential details could include commercial info on royalties, how revenue is divided, who receives certain discounts.




    Grant Russell‏@STVGrant·15 mins


    Rangers’ QC, Alan Summers, remarked material has been leaked from club at an “alarming rate” and, as found, virtually impossible to track.



    Phil MacGiollaBhain‏@Pmacgiollabhain·30 secs


    @STVGrant Really? Information leaked ?


    I had no idea. Just as well that all the local journalists are on message ;-)

  19. TheOriginalSadiesBhoy on

    Leigh Griffiths is a Hibs fan and did absolutely nothing wrong. The words he sang contained no swear words, obscenities or anything in any way controversial. He was with his pals and he responded to their request to give them a song. He didn’t look in any way under the influence. I don’t understand the problem.



    Compared to Derek Riordan’s song about Rudi Skacel – which would have been offensive to many – Leigh’s song was funny and in no way offensive. He did nothing that he should be reprimanded for.

  20. LiviBhoy - God bless wee Oscar on




    I’m more likely to lead him astray!




  21. Kilbowie Kelt



    The whole topic does not grab me as much as it does some of my fellow countryman.



    I am trying to be disciplined and not get dragged into any long debates just now.



    As song lyrics, I prefer “Aa thae rogues that gang gallus fresh an gay”.



    I just happen to think that our “oppressors” are not all thae English bassas and are a group for whom nationality is an irrelevance.

  22. Hamiltontim is praying for Oscar on




    I have absolutely no problem with posts of a political nature and that includes toes about the September referendum.



    My ire is directed at those who have only relatively recently appeared on the blog who are driven by their desire to highlight a YES vote at every opportunity and rarely, if ever, post about anything else.

  23. TheOriginalSadiesBhoy on

    billy bhoy 05



    13:15 on 1 April, 2014


    Kilbowie Kelt



    Very well put….300 years of waiting and fholk are moaning






    This is the big chance…how many on this site will be going strong in 30 years?





  24. TheOriginalSadiesBhoy on

    kilbowie kelt will vote yes



    13:14 on 1 April, 2014




    I am pretty sure that you know as well as I do, that there will never be a more propitious time than right now to get rid of our long-time oppressors.



    ‘ Now’s the time & now’s the hour……..’



    Good luck.






  25. TheOriginalSadiesBhoy,



    Sorry, couldn’t resist it!!



    One of my favourite childish jokes, so few chances to do it.

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