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Celtic won the league four times in the 1890s and then completed six-in-a-row between 1905 and 1910.  The league continued during the First World War and we won five out of six titles between 1914 and 1919.

By then, Queens Park had well and truly been supplanted as Scotland’s top team, but there was a great decline in the air.  The 20s brought only two titles, as did the 30s.  The Second World War stopped competitive football for six years, but Celtic’s only league title between 1938 and Jock Stein’s first in 1966, was in 1954.  Three generations of Celtic fans survived on precious few moments of celebration.

Stein changed everything.

Nine-in-a-row!  How this happened is beyond our wisdom to explain but, with the notable exception of the 1990s, which brought a solitary, if beautiful, title, Celtic will this week solidify their position as dominant force for the past half century by winning their 25th title in 48 years.

If it happens tomorrow, the best part of two months before the end of the season, drink it in.  Appreciate it on behalf of the thousands who sustained the Movement during those hard decades.

Seville – The Celtic Movement, is out now:

“After asking us what the green and white uniforms were about and us carefully explaining where we were going and its significance, the girl turned to her partner and suggested that they would maybe take this event in. We left them in blissful ignorance but wondered afterwards what they made of Seville and how it fitted in with their vision of Spain.”


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  1. Geordie Munro on

    Bada,

     

     

    I’ve a feeling it’ll be a big turn out regardless. I’d prefer a Saturday clincher but hoping the team drops points doesn’t sit well.

     

     

     

    HT,

     

     

    Is it your wee girls parents night or are you working?

     

     

    If it’s the latter I can imagine it…..your last appointment…….aye aye Mr and Mrs blogs….yer wee cherub is a perfik student…..blah blah….aye aye….right I gotta go. :)

  2. Morrissey the 23rd Viva Resolution 12! on

    BOBBY MURDOCH’S CURLED-UP WINKLEPICKERS ………Praying for our WEE HERO!

     

    @ 13:36

     

    Fair enuf! Doh!

  3. maestro-number8 on

    Couple of days off from work today and tomorrow, timed that well.

     

     

    So my wife is off to Zumba and taking the children with her.

     

     

    Peace and quiet for most of the game.

     

     

    Got 4 bottles of Amigos in the fridge, and my Jack Daniels at the ready,so that should do first half.

     

     

    Then the Henry Westons for the 2nd half.

     

     

    Life is sweet. Got to celebrate every title win.

     

     

    Glasgow Celtic…. Champions 2014

  4. Joe Filippis Haircut on

    Well I am looking forward to tonights game Thistle will be out to upset our party but we should be to strong for them.I just hope that nerves dont kick in and spoil the game I think 0-2 will be the score and three in a row will be in the bag.H.H.

  5. minx1888 praying for Wee Oscar on

    HT – You will remember to stop and get the champers first though won’t you? I don’t want to miss any of the game :-)

  6. Hamiltontim is praying for Oscar on

    GM

     

     

    NAAAWWWW it’s the wee yin’s birthday, 11 today!! We did her birthday thing last night and this morning, she’s back at her mums tonight :-(

     

     

    But I’ve got a parent’s night at school which doesn’t finish until 8 and a ticket burning a large whole in my pocket!!!

  7. !!Bada Bing!! on

    Off topic-embdae stayed at Globales Tamaimo Tropical in Tenerife? Any feedback welcome.

  8. Mountblow tim supporting wee oscar on

    Brogan Rogan Trevino and Hogan supports Oscar Knox, MacKenzie Furniss and anyone else who fights Neuroblastoma

     

     

    I sure was there in thought

     

     

    God bless your Dad and your family

     

     

    Hail Hail

     

     

    MT

  9. Geordie Munro on

    HT,

     

     

    Yeah yeah. I picked up on that today is the wee ones birthday.

     

     

    I get ye now. Yer working.

     

     

    Ive got the wee man’s one tonight. 1650 so should be less rushed than yersel. ;)

     

     

    Drive safe.

  10. The Token Tim on

    Bada,

     

     

    PF might have.

     

    That waster seems to have spent nearly as much time in Tenerife on hols as Che manages to get away!

     

     

    HAIL! HAIL!

     

    Token

  11. marspapa

     

     

    Sadly no Timposters, unless one has gone feral >}

     

     

    They are the hardcore of hunery, true brown brougery of the staunchest loyal followers, death of their new club is too good for them.

     

     

    HH

  12. Hamiltontim is praying for Oscar on

    Minx1888

     

     

    It’s fine, you have the dregs from your last bottle of Buckie in the boot of the car :-)

  13. LiviBhoy - God bless wee Oscar on

    Sannabhoy and 2000 kids say Hail Hail to Pablo’s family

     

     

    Cheers Sanna. It was great to meet many CQNers

     

     

    LB

  14. Barrach Obampot

     

     

    Hail Hail Mate, just saw your message this morning.

     

     

    My non football supporting boss just called me as I was miserably getting ready for work to tell me this ” you know that stuff we were going to do today, let’s do it tomorrow”

     

     

    Who knows the secrets and the reach of The Unseen Fenian Hand!

     

     

    Bring on the Thistle..

  15. Hope Kris C scores the goal that wins us the league tonight. Deserves it he’s been magnificent for us all season. HH.

  16. LiviBhoy - God bless wee Oscar on

    Up the Dubs

     

     

    I would love it to be young Henderson. What a way to start your career.

     

    Really think the Hoops will go all out tonight. Plenty goals hopefully.

     

     

    LB

  17. Hamiltontim is praying for Oscar on

    Sanna

     

     

    You can have it for the first half if you promise to come out and give me it back for the second half :-)

  18. MWD hahahaha

     

     

    Starry mate long time no speaky. The response to “18 September” has been bonkers – I knew the Vatersay Boys, our national treasures, would be the missing ingredient! We’re hopefully getting some other Mixclouders doing some stuff also. I tried to capture the ambience of the Castlebay Bar on a Saturday night with the VB’s playing in the background while someone is giving an anti-establishment rant in your earhole.

     

     

    HH

     

     

    ps I just came back on because I forgot to pass on my condolences to those who have lost dear ones lately, and to send massive positive vibes in the direction of Wee Oscar

  19. If / when we win the nicht…………….

     

     

    Sky Sports ewes………………….to be renamed.

     

     

    Succulent Lambing Live…

     

    ;)

     

     

    “WeFeelYourPainTanner CSC”

  20. Nations League tournament ‘from 2018’

     

    26 March 2014 Updated 13:07

     

    A “League of Nations” that would be a third major tournament for European countries after the World Cup and European Championship is expected to be given the go-ahead by Uefa on Thursday.

     

    Games would be played in odd-numbered years on dates reserved for friendlies, starting after the 2018 World Cup.

     

    No exact details have been confirmed, but there would be up to four divisions with promotion and relegation, plus a ‘final four’ competition in the summer.

     

    England would likely be in a top tier.

     

    The 54 member associations of European football’s governing body will vote on the proposal at its annual congress in Kazakhstan.

     

    Uefa general secretary Gianni Infantino has confirmed an agreement to set up the new tournament should be reached on Thursday.

     

    He said: “What has triggered what is being called the Nations League is the international calendar and the dates for friendly matches.

     

    “We have been looking at optimising the structure of the calendar without bringing in any more dates.

     

    “There are teams everyone wants to play against and other teams who struggle to get the opponents they’d ideally like. For all national associations, the fact is that national team matches are key for their development.”

     

    On rankings, England would be in the top division alongside the likes of Spain, Germany and Italy. Each division would then be divided into groups with the winners qualifying for a semi-final and final, played at neutral venues.

     

    Winners of the lower divisions could be granted entry to the European Championship.

     

    Northern Ireland and Wales – ranked 47 and 48 respectively by Uefa (external) – could find themselves playing each other in the bottom division.

     

    Scotland’s ranking of 24 could see them meeting the likes of Sweden, Croatia and Poland in the league.

     

    While matches will be played on dates reserved for friendlies, there will still be flexibility for smaller countries to arrange high-profile fixtures with bigger European teams and for nations to play friendlies against national sides from outside Europe.

     

    The Football Association is in favour of the plan, with chairman Greg Dyke saying earlier this month: “The hard thing is the detail but I think a Nations League where we played the top nations would be very attractive.”

     

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  21. MWD before I head out with the dog.

     

     

    I’ve got something potentially brewing that you as a letter writer may be interested in.

     

     

    I’ll tweet you as your email bounced long ago.

     

     

    HH

  22. now i need to buy the damned book.

     

     

     

    hahahahha

     

     

    nothing like a namecheck to boost the old ego.

     

     

    keep it lit.

     

     

    still hundreds of tickets for firhill available, cmon bhoys, you know you want to.

  23. BOBBY MURDOCH'S CURLED-UP WINKLEPICKERS .........Praying for our WEE HERO! on

    Sannabhoy and 2000 kids say Hail Hail to Pablo’s family

     

     

    11:10 on

     

    26 March, 2014

     

     

    The Kano Foundation Annual Dance 2014

     

     

    Folks , as you know , our annual dance takes place on Saturday in Radisson Blu in town.

     

     

    This is not a last minute ticket drive as we are virtually sold out . What this is , is the chance to win 2 tickets to the evening , for free. We’ve got so much from CQN over the years that i’m offering a wee something back (oh , and someone from my table cancelled and i’m not gonna try and flog the tickets at this late notice).

     

     

    So . for your chance to win , simply predict the score for tonight .Entries will close at half-time .

     

     

    Predictions to sannabhoy@thekanofoundation.com .

     

     

    Can someone please try to put this near the top of each page throughout the day ? Thanks

     

     

    Sann

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