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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. HT

     

     

    If you’d only take my advice and wear yar Spidermhan jammies to the parents’ evening I promise you’ll be off the school premises in good time.

     

     

    HH Timdom.

     

     

    WhereTheKoolKatsHingOotCSC

     

     

    Jamesgang

  2. Morrissey the 23rd Viva Resolution 12! on

    Saint Stivs @ 14:18

     

    I would take an away ticket easy (or two) but I can’t go to Firhill before 5pm.

  3. If Winning Captains is on……….

     

     

    Can one of the team let me know when the CQteN package is arriving?

     

     

    Thanks

  4. On a flight tonight from Amsterdam to Edinburgh leaving at 9.40pm

     

     

    did not plan that very well………….. :(

     

     

    brnobhoy

  5. King is doing a grand job of giving the Bears hope that they’ll be back to splashing the dosh on international superstars. Magic, keep it up.

     

    His vision is so childlike it’s a wonder he ever became a zillionaire in the first place. In a nutshell, he is advocating spending 50 mill to win the SPL and then the European money will roll in and The Rangers wil be self-sufficient.

     

    On the assumption he believes winning the SPFL at first time of asking requires 50 million (of soft loans), what happens when they fail, as is almost a certainty if they ever get that far, to reach the CL group stages? And all those new superduperstars that he has trebled the wage bill with on 4-5 year contracts?

     

    Any one with an ounce of business sense would cut their cloth accordingly for 2014-2015, change the manager, get the likely promotion to SPFL and the extra SB and TV revenue that goes with it – then start to add some quality to finish top 6, then top 3 within 2-3 years. They could be competing with us by around 2018 if they proceed with caution as we are likely to be downsizing over the same period.

     

    Attempts to bankroll them without getting their costbase under control is music to my ears.

  6. Hamiltontim

     

     

    Just to add to your struggles today

     

     

    The wee Lady is eleven..

     

     

    Your worries huvnae even started yet lol

     

     

    Trust me av goat 3 ae thum pftt :))))

     

     

    Btw happy birthday to your daughter hip hip ……

  7. Rock Tree Bhoy on

    Laugh a minute here the day, all we need is the Zengh Zi eligibility jokes to start flying again and we’ll all soon be in party mode! Fight for your rights guys, specially tonite..

  8. Tonight’s Libertadores Matches

     

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    22:45 National (Urg) v Newells Old Boys (Arg)

     

    National now have no hope of qualifying from this group and this also extends to their league form (4 points gained out of a possible 24). Only bright note for National is 18yr old attacking midfielder, Gaston Pereira.

     

     

    This is NOB’s final away game (they are home to Atletico Nacional in the last group match). Manager Alfredo Berti, rested several players in their 0-0 draw against Argentinos at the weekend. Amongst them, 16yr old striker Ezequiel Ponce (one for the future there). However, main man Maxi Rodriguez maybe out with a thigh strain, but this maybe a ruse.

     

    Prediction : AWAY WIN

     

     

    01:00 A.Paranã (Bra) v Velez Sarsfield (Arg)

     

    Did I say yesterday no Brasilian teams play this week? Eedjit that I am.

     

     

    Anyway, with both teams on nine points and Strongest away in Peru tomorrow night (and then at home to Paranã in the last round), the winner of this one’s guaranteed a place in the last sixteen.

     

     

    Paranã will not fancy leaving that to the altitude daunting, prospect of taking on Strongest in La Paz and will be wanting to wrap this up, in a game which is already a sell-out capacity.

     

     

    Unlike the first leg where Paranã took a 2-0 spanking, this time manager Miguel Angel Portugal has principal striker Marcelo available and he will likely join Ederson and Bruno Mendes up front in a straight 4-3-3 formation.

     

     

    Sarsfield have the inimitable Lucas Pratto up front and will be dangerous on the break. However, with regular strike partner, Zarate, out with a thigh strain he maybe partnered by youngster Correa, or plough a lone furrow tonight. Judging by comments coming from the Argentinian press, Sarsfield would be pretty chuffed with getting a point here.

     

    Prediction : HOME WIN (75%)

     

     

    01:00 Dep. Cali (Col) v O’ Higgins (Chi)

     

    Although they were humped by Lanus last week, I thought Cali were a bit unlucky in that game and they’ll be desperate to avenge the 1-0 defeat they suffered in Chile.

     

     

    Cali have won both home games so far and have injury worries over veteran international keeper Faryd Mondragon and will be without suspended midfielders John Viáfara and Andrés Pérez tonight.

     

     

    It’s been 23 yrs (Colo Colo in ‘91) since a Chilean team won the Libertadores and I can’t see that run being broken this year. O’Higgins struggling to find the back of the net these days (having lost again 2-0 to Colo Colo at the weekend, they now look out of this part of the Chilean championship) and will not be looking forward to this one. However, they’ve not been beaten away from home in this tournament, so far.

     

    Prediction : a very nervy – HOME WIN (60%)

     

     

    03:15 Léon (Mex) v Bolivar (Bol)

     

    A win tonight ensures Leon a place in the next round (they are away to Flamengo for their last game). Léon are without injuries going into this one and had a moral boosting 0-0 away draw with Liga Mx leaders Cruz Azul at the weekend.

     

     

    Typically Léon play a 4-2-3-1 formation with a solid spine of Rafael Marquez in defence, Carlos Peña in midfield and Argentinian, Mauro Boselli leading the line, up front. However, Uruguyan manager Matosas sometimes mixes this up and switches to a 4-4-2 with Boselli making way for Uruguay’s, Matías Britos paired up with Colombian Franco Aziala. Be interesting to see how he plays this one.

     

     

    Coming off a heavy 4-0 defeat to Oriente Petroleo at the weekend Bolivar have a full squad, except defenders Rodrigues and Yecerotte. A defeat here will leave Bolivar with a tricky home tie against Emelec.

     

     

    Veteran coach, Xavier Azkargorta, has said that he expects his team to play “in a similar way to how they faced Flamengo in Brasil”. If so, they will sit deep and look for openings in the play. Azkargorta is a wily old fox and is no stranger to Mexican football having managed Guadalajara a few years back.

     

    Prediction : HOME WIN (70%)

     

     

    And a wee final note to youse who like to flutter, only six out of the sixty six group stages games, thus far, have ended up as away wins.

  9. blantyretim is praying for the Knox family on

    bada

     

    no. his trying out some apartment block in Tenerife..

  10. jinkyredstar cuts it back for Neil Lennon on

    Zheng Zhi is the honorary president of Ashton Lane CSC

  11. LiviBhoy - God bless wee Oscar on

    tomtheleedstim

     

     

    Radio Clyde and Sportscene would be a good guess.

     

     

    LB

  12. !!Bada Bing!! on

    Kevin Clancy to ref the Ramsdens Cup Final………embdae thinking what i’m thinking?

  13. GCT – Sincere condolences my friend and i hope all goes well with Gerry’s funeral. I saw your post earlier this morning regarding Gerry and was moved to tears. My laptop crashed as i was trying to post and this is the first chance i’ve had to send a few words.

     

     

    God Bless you Tom, you had a great brother in Gerry and you’ll see him again soon, in a better place.

     

    slainte

     

    tony

  14. blantyretim is praying for the Knox family on

    BB

     

    hope so, I got a row last night from an ole bingo punter because we had a laugh and joke in the games room whilst they played ,

     

    clubs, don’t you just love them…… 8(

  15. mighty tim supporting wee Oscar on

    Happy birthday to Simone miss hamiltontim.

     

    GCT thoughts and prayers with you mate.

     

    BRTH you did your dad proud.

     

    Hamiltontim to pass the time away why don’t you sit like Bart Simpson and write 1000 times I will vote YES in September.

     

    Silly bhoy.

     

     

    3-0 to the hoops.

     

     

    HH

     

     

    KTF

  16. Morrissey the 23rd Viva Resolution 12! on

    Foor those who saw Murdoch Mafia Sports News today. I’ll upload a link later.

     

     

    @cardiffbhoy

     

    Other so called Celtic minded pundits should take a look at Tom Boyd , as brave & honest as a pundit as he was as a player in his heyday

     

     

    Countdown – 5 hours to source spare ticket for tonight.

  17. blantyretim is praying for the Knox family on

    35 mil in the ole gin measure BB

     

    not sure of ole VP can manage them nowadays…..

  18. LiviBhoy - God bless wee Oscar on

    Jobo Baldie

     

     

    Any forecast on the weather? Thunder due?

     

     

    LB

  19. Right guys, quick change then out in the fast black for a few hours, home for a beerfest and watch the oldest Glasgow Derby, and part 4 of 10 consecutive titles!

     

     

    Thoughts are with Gold Coast Tom and A light insanity, and not forgetting Wee Oscar, keep fighting wee man we’re all supporting you!

     

     

    HH

  20. jinkyredstar cuts it back for Neil Lennon on

    Just found out the the Irish Bar in this wee place in far away Lanzarote is showing the game tonight – and I’ve started drinking already – will I peak too early

     

     

    Deepjoycsc

  21. It’s deid Johnny the Tim stay in the hoose and start the beer early one more from the Dunny then I am up the road

  22. Morrissey the 23rd Viva Resolution 12! on

    “When I first played for Celtic we finished 3rd, 4th, 5th and there was no cry that there was “not a strong Celtic” in the league.” Tom Boyd.

  23. Bada Bing

     

    I stayed in the Tamaimo a few years ago,for a week in january.

     

    It was decent value for money for a week all inclusive,and although its in a quiet area of Tenerife there are a few good restaurants within walking distance,the veer was lovely and cold although they do use ridiculously small glasses to serve it in,cheers

  24. Steinreignedsupreme on

    Firhill for thrills.

     

     

    Remember the days when Thistle were considered as the joke team in Glasgow?

     

     

    How times have changed…

  25. Hamiltontim is praying for Oscar on

    Marspapa

     

     

    The trouble with that yin started loooonnnnggg ago believe me :-)

     

     

    MT

     

     

    Haha it would be mair convincing that what I’ve read so far!!!

     

     

    Right, a smoke, then mayhem!

  26. Jobo

     

     

    I forecast you’re going to see a grand old show tonight…..you and the rest of us!

     

     

    HH mhate.

     

     

    Jamesgang